SUMMARY: DIVINO AFFLANTE SPIRITU (By Fortunatus Nnadi ([email protected] com) Inspired by the Holy Spirit, the Sacred Writers composed the bible which. Divino afflante spiritu: Pius XII: World War II and the Holocaust: In his Divino afflante spiritu (“With the Help of the Divine Spirit”; ), for example, he sanctioned. DIVINO AFFLANTE SPIRITU Encyclical of Pope pius xii concerning the advancement of biblical studies. The document is dated Sept. 30, , feast of St.
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For the Sacred Books afflantf not given by God to men to satisfy their curiosity or to provide them with material for study and research, but, as the Apostle observes, in order that these Divine Oracles might “instruct us to salvation, by the faith which is in Christ Jesus” and “that the man of God may be perfect, furnished to every good work.
Pius X most heartily commended the society of St. Spkritus, Catholic translations of the Bible into modern languages were usually based on the Latin Vulgate, the text used in the Liturgy. It inaugurated the modern period of Roman Catholic biblical studies by encouraging the study of textual criticism or lower criticismpertaining to text of the Scriptures themselves and transmission thereof for example, to determine correct readings and permitted the use of the historical-critical method or higher criticismto be informed by theologySacred Traditionand ecclesiastical history on the historical circumstances of the text, hypothesizing about matters such as authorship, dating, and similar concerns.
Spiritys wonder herefore that, as she received it spirtius from the hands of the Apostles, so she kept it with all care, defended it from every false and perverse interpretation and used it diligently spititus an instrument for securing the eternal salvation of souls, as almost countless documents in every age strikingly bear divno.
The former helps in the knowledge of languages, letter, events, customs, and forms of worship of the ancient times while the latter has contributed to the discovery of letters and institutions of the time of our saviour. In the performance of this task let the interpreters bear in mind that their foremost and greatest endeavor should be to discern and define clearly that sense of the biblical words which is called literal.
Having acknowledged Pope Leo for his stern defense of Scripture, Pius then outlines how the landscape of biblical studies has changed in the 50 years since Providentissimus Deus was issued. Jerome the Doctor of Stridon says: Based on this also, the faithful are admonished to make free and holy use of the sacred books in order that it instructs them to salvation by the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Would spirifus many, by seeking out the authors of the Catholic interpretation of Scripture spiritu diligently studying their works and drawing thence the almost inexhaustible riches therein stored up, might contribute largely to this end, so that it might be daily more apparent to what extent those authors understood and made known the divine teaching of the Sacred Books, and that the interpreters of today might thence take example and seek suitable arguments.
With what little reason afflsnte thus speak is shown by the experience of many, who, assiduously considering and meditating the word of God, advanced in perfection and were moved to an intense love for God; and this same truth is clearly proved by the constant tradition of the Church and the precepts of the greatest Doctors.
The same veneration the Bishops should endeavor daily to increase and perfect among the faithful committed to their care, encouraging all those initiatives by which men, filled with apostolic zeal, laudably strive to excite and foster among Catholics a greater knowledge of and love for the Sacred Books. For its very purpose is to insure that the sacred text be restored, as perfectly as possible, be purified from the corruptions due to the carelessness of the copyists and be freed, as far as may be done, from glosses and omissions, from the interchange and repetition of words and from all other kinds of mistakes, which are wont to make their way gradually into writings handed down through many centuries.
Pius contrasts this literal sense with an overly mystical sense, by which he means interpreting all afdlante Scripture as a metaphor for the spiritual, rather than as a record of actual events.
They should make use of the works of the Holy fathers, doctors of the church and renowned interpreters of past ages for the accomplishment of this task. The Holy Church considers this heaven-sent treasure the most valuable source of doctrine on faith and morals.
Divino Afflante Spiritu (September 30, ) | PIUS XII
Retrieved December 26, from Encyclopedia. The progressive exploration arflante the antiquities of the East, mentioned above, the more accurate examination of the original text itself, the more extensive and exact knowledge of languages both biblical and oriental, have with the help of God, happily provided the solution of not a few of those questions, which in the time of Our Predecessor Leo XIII of immortal memory, were raised by critics outside or hostile to the Church against the authenticity, antiquity, integrity and historical value of the Sacred Books.
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On the Catholic Interpretation of the Bible: Divino Afflante Spiritu
He continues by saying that the sacred writer is not also to be taxed with error if copyists have made a mistake or the real meaning of a passage remains ambiguous and finally, that it is absolutely wrong and forbidden to narrow inspiration to certain passages of the Holy scripture or to admit that the sacred writer has erred as it is impossible that God, the supreme Truth, can utter that which is not true.
Let the present-day commentators of the Sacred Scripture emulate, according to their capacity, what those illustrious interpreters of past ages accomplished with such great fruit; so that, as in the past, so also in these days, the Church may have at her disposal learned doctors for the expounding of the Divine Letters; and, through their assiduous labors, the faithful may comprehend all the splendor, stimulating language, and joy contained in the Holy Scriptures.
The encyclical appeared on the 50th anniversary of Providentissimus Deusan encyclical in which Pope Leo XIII condemned the use of higher criticism. The sacred Council of Trent ordained by solemn decree that “the entire books with all their parts, as they have been wont to be read in the Catholic Church and are contained in the old vulgate Latin edition, are to be held sacred and canonical.
Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Thus the Divine Letter will become for the future priests of the Church a pure and never failing source for their own spiritual life, as well as food and strength for the sacred office of preaching which they are about to undertake.
For God alone could have known this spiritual meaning and have revealed it to us. Divino afflante Spiritu encyclical letter. For having begun by expounding minutely the principle that the inspired writer, in composing the sacred book, is the living and reasonable instrument of the Holy Spirit, they rightly observe afflantr, impelled avflante the divine motion, he so uses his faculties and powers, that from the book composed by him all may easily infer “the special character of each one and, as it were, his personal traits.
The satisfaction of Pius XII with the new directions given by the Divino afflante Spiritu was demonstrated shortly before his death.
Divino afflante spiritu
There is no one indeed but knows that the supreme rule of interpretation is to discover and define what the writer intended to express, as St. The encyclical put a decisive end to the crisis of Catholic exegetes who had been encountering difficulties in presenting an exegesis at the same time scientific and orthodox. If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.
Jerome, the greatest Doctor in the exposition of the Sacred Scriptures, in the yearthe fifth of Our Pontificate. And let all know that this prolonged labor is not only necessary for the right understanding of the divinely-given writings, but also is urgently demanded by that piety by which it behooves us to be grateful to the God of all providence, Who from the throne of His majesty has sent these books as so many paternal letters to His own children.