A key tenet of heresy of “modernism” is that religion must change for the sake of changing times. No pope did more to block the modernist undermining of Catholic truth than Pius X, who feared that in spite of many enemies on the outside, it was the damage from the inside that stood the best chance of crippling Catholicism. Hence he authored Motu Proprio Sacrorum Antistitum, that contained the famous “Oath Against Modernism”, which was dropped after Vatican II.
John Vennari is critical of the post Vatican II church reforms and claims they represent a “new theology.” In part one of this essay, Venarri discusses Pius X’s writing, and in Part II he addresses what he believes is the undermining of Piux X’s warnings. Saint Pius X saw his first duty as Pope to preserve the integrity of the Faith. Venarri contrasts this to John Paul II’s first major address in 1979, when he said “we consider it our primary duty to be that of promoting, with prudent but encouraging action, the most exact fulfillment of the norms and directives of the (Second Vatican) Council.”
Vennari closes by observing “the Anti-Modernist Oath, and anti-Modernist measures of Pius X are now a source of derision (while) our Church leaders, following the Modernist utopia of Vatican II, happily prance about in a Church in ruins, all the while praising the Conciliar reforms that have caused the disaster, and prattle endlessly about a non-existent -new springtime- and -civilization of love-.” As Pius X said, -the true friends of the people are neither the revolutionaries, nor the innovators, but the traditionalists.”