Readings by the hearth for anyone stuck in a polar vortex…

…or anyone else.

Magisterial Documents Every Catholic Should Know

HT to Unam Sanctam blog



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5 Responses to Readings by the hearth for anyone stuck in a polar vortex…

  1. padreallen says:

    “Rerum Novarum” is a must for anyone interested in what the Church’s Social Teachings are.

  2. Claudio says:

    Casti Connubii (1930) by Pope Pius XI and Humanae Vitae (1968) by Pope Paul VI. With over 90% of Catholics in the US contracepting and so very little preaching on this topic by the hierarchy, I can’t think of any other Magisterial document more needed to be read by all Catholics than these two.

  3. Zippy says:

    Immortale Dei

  4. drprice2 says:

    Dittos on Rerum. Throw in the following:

    Pius XI:
    Quadrigessimo Anno
    Mit Brennender Sorge
    Pius XII
    Divini Redemptoris
    Paul VI
    Mysterium Fidei
    Humanae Vitae
    Fides et Ratio
    Evangelium Vitae

    Dominus Iesus
    The Roger Haight censure:

  5. The four authoritative Creeds:

    Pseudo-Athanasian (i.e. Quicumque Vult)
    Creed of Pius IV

    Of these, only two are strictly infallible Magisterium: Nicene and Pius IV. The other two would more properly be labeled infallible Tradition.

    Other than that, off the top of my head, I can suggest:

    Leo XIII:

    Orientalium dignitas
    Satis cognitum
    Sapientiae Christianae

    St. Pius X:

    Tra le sollecitudini
    Une fois encore
    Lamentabili sane

    Pius XI:

    Mortalium animos
    Quas primas

    Pius XII:

    Mediator Dei
    Musicae sacrae
    Mystici corporis
    Divino afflante spiritu

    John XXIII:

    Veterum sapientia
    Address in Opening Vatican II

    Vatican II:

    LG 8-12 is a must.
    Ditto on SC 36, 47, 55, 116
    Dei verbum is a short document and should be read.

    Paul VI:

    Mysterium fidei
    Credo of the People of God

    John Paul II:

    Orientale lumen
    Ecclesia de eucharistia
    Ordinatio sacerdotalis
    Redemptionis sacramentum
    Dominicae cenae

    Benedict XVI:

    Summorum Pontificum

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