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Encyclicals of the Popes are Infallible and the Words of Jesus Christ Himself

October 19, 2015

Private Epistle #6


Many false traditionalists and Vatican II sect members are blinded and confused regarding the hierarchy of authority of the official documents of the Church.  This will show the absurdity of their false notions once and for all, if they are honest with Magisterial documents.  Many of these confused heretics have taught that encyclicals and even pontifical documents of greater weight, such as Constitutions, do not have the charism of infallibility.  However, Boniface X’s immediate predecessor Pius XII directly refuted this false notion in his encyclical Humani Generis, through the work of God’s providence, immediately prior to when the Great Apostasy began.   Pius XII wrote:


Nor must it be thought that what is expounded in Encyclical Letters does not of itself demand consent, since in writing such Letters the Popes do not exercise the supreme power of their Teaching Authority. For these matters are taught with the Ordinary Teaching Authority, of which it is true to say: "he who heareth you, heareth Me". (Pope Pius XII, Encyclical Humani Generis #20, 1950).


Pius XII is abundantly perspicuous, that encyclical letters are part of the official teaching authority of the Church.  Even if they are not solemnly declared in a formal manner, the writing is still part of the Ordinary Magisterium, which is the very word of Jesus Christ (thus when we hear the Pope speak at the level of the encyclical we are hearing Jesus Himself).  Since Jesus is Truth itself and cannot lie, it is clear that encyclicals are free from all error, and are infallible.  It is possible certain expressions in them could have occasional exceptions to their literal meaning and must be interpreted, since these are not formal dogmatic definitions.  Only formal dogmatic definitions of the extraordinary magisterium have no recession to their declared meaning (as defined at Vatican I).  But even so, like scripture, these encyclicals are the words of Jesus Christ and carry with them a most profound Divine protection.  Anything that contradicts them in their proper sense is certainly false and erroneous, if not actually heretical.


The heretic Avery Dulles and others in the Vatican II sect ignore Pius XII’s teaching, for they believe that even conciliar documents, including those of his false council Vatican II, might not be infallible or certain (of course the decrees of Vatican II are false for another reason, since the council is not a valid Catholic council, but a council of an apostate sect). In short, the vast majority of what the Church publishes according to this heretic Dulles is completely useless and mere speculation!  Many false traditionalists also hold this low view of papal encyclicals, and they teach that the only important teachings to be held are dogmatic definitions in ecumenical council, and perhaps the formal dogmatic definitions on the Assumption and Immaculate Conception.  This is very common in the false traditionalist Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX), which tries to resist the Antipopes while calling them true popes.  This is partly why they are so weak, and reticent to teach that the Vatican II Antipopes are not true popes, because they are afraid to uphold the encyclicals of the past true Pontiffs, believing they might not be infallible. This is incredibly absurd, and completely contradicts Pius XII’s teaching that what is expounded in encyclicals is infallible, and requires the religious assent of all the bishops, and even are the words of Jesus Christ such that when we read the encyclicals we are listening to Jesus Christ Himself, who is Truth itself and cannot lie.


Therefore, whenever Boniface X or any treatise from the Apostolic See uses a previous encyclical or higher level magisterial document to present a point of doctrine, you can be sure it is certain, and must be held just like scripture must be held with at least religious assent and certainty of its teaching, if not also with Divine and Catholic Faith.  If any matter touched by an encyclical contradicts a Catholic theologian and no possible reconciliation can be made, the faithful are bound through religious obedience (on pain of mortal sin and eternal damnation) to follow the encyclical, rather than the theologian.