3/9: Feast of Pope Saint Pius X…

3/9: Feast of Pope Saint Pius X…

Pope Saint Pius X is one of the greatest of the Pope Saints in the Church’s calendar.  Reading about his love for Holy Mother Church is both edifying and exhilarating.  

His very first encyclical is outstanding and is equally applicable to today’s world as when the Pope Saint first penned it.  And, had his successors paid attention to his perhaps most famous encyclical, Pascendi On The Doctrine of the Modernists it is a safe bet that we would not be suffering the monumental Modernist crisis which is ruining the Faith of millions today.

There are many incidents from the life of this great saint which have clear importance for us today – and for the popes who have succeeded him.  The following is a case in point: 

From the St. Vincent Ferrer Foundation

As Pope, St. Pius X had to correct and reprimand several bishops and priests who had fallen into heresy or were flirting dangerously close to that edge. Some of the French prelates who supported the Sillon (a precursor to modern Liberation Theology) were particularly problematic.

One bishop who had been reprimanded continued to act against the Catholic Faith. Pope Pius X called him to Rome. When the bishop entered he made the customary genuflection before the Pope and waited to be acknowledged so he could rise. Pope Pius X remained busy at his desk ignoring the bishop for three quarters of an hour. This was a small penance which the saintly pontiff was imposing.

At last, Pope Pius raised his eyes and looked the bishop directly in the eyes, holding his gaze steady and stern. Without a word he rose and walked over to the kneeling figure. Then he greeted him: “Good morning, your Excellency.” Before the Bishop could arise, Pope Pius X swiftly removed the zucchetto from the Bishop’s head and placed it on the edge of his desk. He then dismissed him, “Have a good day, Father.” And that was the end of the meeting. No more words had to be spoken. This great pope had sent a very clear warning shot across the bow of the [Barque] of Peter letting all know what the fate would be of those bishops, successors to Judas, who refused to resist and denounce heresy. Ends.


One topic for discussion on this thread has to be, surely, that the next pope MUST be a man in the mould of Saint Pius X, who will demote bad bishops and appoint orthodox / traditional priests. Or, have things gone so far, that there can never be another pope in the mould of this great saint?  Would seminarians and young priests trained in our modernist seminaries, obey such a pontiff?  In any case, is there anyone in view at the moment, who is remotely likely to act with such authority, if elected to succeed Pope Francis The First – and we sincerely hope and pray – The Last?  It has to be, surely, a man with the mindset, of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò who openly attributed the crisis (of clerical abuse/corruption in the hierarchy) to what he termed “the scourge of homosexuality”…

“To bear witness to corruption in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church was a painful decision for me, and remains so. But I am an old man, one who knows he must soon give an accounting to the Judge for his actions and omissions, one who fears Him who can cast body and soul into hell. A Judge who, even in his infinite mercy, will render to every person salvation or damnation according to what he has deserved. Anticipating the dreadful question from that Judge — ‘How could you, who had knowledge of the truth, keep silent in the midst of falsehood and depravity?’ – what answer could I give?” (+ Carlo Maria Viganò, in his testimony alleging widespread cover-up of sexual abuse within the Church, up to, and including Pope Francis – widely reported and quoted across the internet.)  

Finally, feel free to post any other incident from the life of the Saint, which impresses you.  Edification – as well as education – is a key aim of this thread, so check out the St Vincent Ferrer Foundation here Or share any other sources that you may find. 

Comments (38)

  • Fidelis

    I had just been reading on Zenit that the Pope is going to create new cardinals soon, then I saw this thread, LOL! It’ll be a very long time (if ever) before we have another Pope Saint Pius X!

    September 1, 2019 at 6:37 pm
    • Margaret Mary

      Gosh – that’s awful. Francis is filling up the college of cardinals with his own type – we’ll never get a good pope let along a Pius X. God help us all.

      September 1, 2019 at 9:38 pm
    • editor


      If only Theresa May had been as zealous in appointing Brexiteers to her cabinet as this pope is in adding modernist cardinals to the ollege, we’d have been out of the EU ages ago…

      Clever analogy, even if I say so myself. Well, I’d be waiting a long time for a compliment from this lot – be honest!


      September 2, 2019 at 12:29 am
    • Lionel

      Damn it!
      Aie Aie Aie! what about if the next Pope would be even worse?
      Alas, It is not impossible!
      It makes me nauseous and it does not bode well!…

      September 3, 2019 at 8:51 am
      • Laura


        That is my fear, also! I read somewhere that we will have one more bad pope before we get the Pope of the Consecration. I don’t think I’d survive another bad pope!

        September 3, 2019 at 7:14 pm
      • Lionel

        October 13, 1962 is the starting point of the revolutionary coup in Rome. Does not that remind the 18 Brumaire?

        Source: Il est ressuscité no. 62, October 2007, p. 15-17: … “These were: the opening speech, a true condemnation of conservatism, the intervention of Cardinal Liénart, October 13, the Message to the world, the insolent bell of Cardinal Alfrink, interrupting the cardinal Ottaviani, on the 30th, to the applause of the assembly; the secretary of the Holy Office was reduced to the equality of the bishops: no more authority than the bishop of Cuernavaca!… At first the Roman Curia governed the work of the Ecumenical Council, in the end it was dismissed and despised. This was not done by chance, nor by a miracle. People knew what they wanted and acted accordingly, coldly, relentlessly, taking advantage of the good-nature of an old man, John XXIII”…
        Le 13 octobre 1962 est le point de départ du coup d’état révolutionnaire à Rome. Cela ne rappelle-t-il pas un certain 18 Brumaire ?

        Source: Il est ressuscité! n° 62, octobre 2007, p. 15-17: …“Ce furent: le discours d’ouverture, véritable condamnation du conservatisme, l’intervention du cardinal Liénart, le 13 octobre, le Message au monde, le coup de cloche insolent du cardinal Alfrink, interrompant le cardinal Ottaviani, le 30, aux applaudissements de l’assemblée; le secrétaire du Saint-Office était ramené à l’égalité des évêques: pas plus d’autorité que l’évêque de Cuernavaca!… Au départ, la Curie romaine gouvernait l’œuvre du Concile œcuménique, à la fin elle se trouvait destituée et méprisée. Cela ne se fit pas au hasard, ni par miracle. Des gens savaient bien ce qu’ils voulaient et agissaient en conséquence, froidement, implacablement, profitant de la bonhomie d’un vieillard, Jean XXIII”…

        September 4, 2019 at 5:24 pm
  • RCAVictor

    I think the hierarchy is so far gone at this point, including this Pope, that only a horrible chastisement will (a) stop them in their tracks (their tracks being headed straight for the apostate Amazon Synod), and (b) cause the College of Cardinals to wake up, shaken with fear, and elect a faithful pontiff.

    Whether said faithful pontiff is elected, and whether he is of the saintly caliber of St. Pius X, is unknown – but all he has to do is to perform the Consecration of Russia, in obedience to Our Lady, and perhaps, under the corrupt nature of his surroundings, that could be considered an act of heroic obedience. And perhaps, if he performs the Consecration, he will be martyred as in the “Vision of the Third Secret,” which would add to the weight of his cause.

    September 1, 2019 at 7:20 pm
    • Margaret Mary

      About the Consecration of Russia – I’ve been thinking of something I read in a Fatima Crusader, about Fatima and Islam, where it says in there that when you study the prophecy about the bishop dressed in white etc. it seems clear that the Consecration will only come once a nuclear war has been launched.

      Maybe then we will get a new Pius X – but I doubt we will get one anytime soon, outside of such a chastisement.

      Reading the first encyclical of Pius X was a breath of fresh air. Just the title “Restoring all things in Christ” tells you what sort of Pope he was going to be.

      September 1, 2019 at 9:41 pm
      • RCAVictor

        Margaret Mary,

        I don’t recall ever having read that about nuclear war, and I’d have to admit I’m a bit skeptical about it. Was that claim made because of the devastating scene – everything in ruins, wasn’t it? – around the “bishop in white” as he climbed up the hill?

        That kind of devastation could also be cause by conventional bombing.

        September 1, 2019 at 10:31 pm
      • editor

        MM & RCA Victor,

        I have that Crusader about Fatima & Islam somewhere, so I’ll look it out and double check that because it does strike me – given that the recent popes have ignored all sorts of evidence of the destruction of the Faith in our times – that it will take something BIG to get the Consecration done. A war, nuclear OR conventional would, I think by instinct, be that “something BIG”.

        September 1, 2019 at 11:27 pm
      • editor


        After closing this thread, Westminster Fly kindly posted a link to the Fatima & Islam pamphlet, which he found online, and posted on the General Discussion thread. It’s exactly the same pamphlet that I have somewhere among my papers. So, a big thank you to WF – much appreciated.

        September 5, 2019 at 2:56 pm
      • RCAVictor


        That really is a beautiful encyclical. This struck me: “…the victory will ever be with God — nay, defeat is at hand at the moment when man, under the delusion of his triumph, rises up with most audacity.”

        I think that moment is about to arrive in the Church, with this Amazon Synod.

        One other thing struck me: his glowing description of Leo XIII. Made me wonder why that Pontiff has never been raised to the altars.

        September 1, 2019 at 10:47 pm
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        A very beautiful encyclical indeed, the first from Pope Pius X, and it contrasts starkly with the first almost indecipherable first encyclical from Papa Francis.

        There are just so many nuggets in there, that I found it difficult choosing something to post here but then – having come fresh from a couple of threads where we discussed clergy and seminarians – my eyes fell on the following:

        11. This being so, Venerable Brethren, of what nature and magnitude is the care that must be taken by you in forming the clergy to holiness! All other tasks must yield to this one. Wherefore the chief part of your diligence will be directed to governing and ordering your seminaries aright so that they may flourish equally in the soundness of their teaching and in the spotlessness of their morals. Regard your seminary as the delight of your hearts, and neglect on its behalf none of those provisions which the Council of Trent has with admirable forethought prescribed. And when the time comes for promoting the youthful candidates to holy orders, ah! do not forget what Paul wrote to Timothy: “Impose not hands lightly upon any man” (I. Tim. v., 22), bearing carefully in mind that as a general rule the faithful will be such as are those whom you call to the priesthood.

        If the seminary rectors and bishops took seriously that exhortation of St Paul to Timothy about not imposing hands lightly, i.e. being careful not to ordain every Tom, Dick and Harry who fancied himself as the next diocesan youth chaplain, we might have had a few less scandals in the files, but, hey, who listens to me or even to moi?

        September 2, 2019 at 12:40 am
      • Josephine

        Could I suggest that we remember to pray especially to Pope Saint Pius X on his feast on Tuesday, for the only Scottish seminary we have left, the Scots College in Rome, and for the other seminaries in the UK.

        There is no doubt that there are a lot of homosexuals in seminaries and in the priesthood now, so we need a lot of prayer for them.

        September 2, 2019 at 12:47 am
      • Fidelis

        I think that’s a great idea to pray for the British seminaries, or what is left of them, tomorrow, on the Feast day. I found this prayer for priests online which bloggers might like to use:

        O Almighty and Eternal God, look upon the Face of Thy Christ, and for love of Him Who is the eternal High-priest, have pity on Thy priests. Remember, O most compassionate God, that they are but weak and frail human beings. Stir up in them the grace of their vocation which is in them by the imposition of the Bishop’s hands. Keep them close to Thee, lest the enemy prevail against them, so that they may never do anything in the slightest degree unworthy of their sublime vocation.

        O Jesus, I pray Thee for Thy faithful and fervent priests; for Thy unfaithful and tepid priests; for Thy priests labouring at home or abroad in distant mission fields; for Thy tempted priests; for Thy lonely and desolate priests; for Thy young priests; for Thy aged priests; for Thy sick priests; for Thy dying priests; for the souls of Thy priests in Purgatory.

        But above all I commend to Thee the priests dearest to me: the priest who baptized me; the priests at whose Masses I assisted and who gave me Thy Body and Blood in Holy Communion; the priests who taught and instructed or helped me and encouraged me; all the priests to whom I am indebted in any other way, particularly (your priest’s name here). O Jesus, keep them all close to Thy heart, and bless them abundantly in time and in eternity. Amen. Mary, Queen of the clergy, pray for us; obtain for us many and holy priests. Amen.

        September 2, 2019 at 9:01 am
      • Josephine

        What a beautiful prayer for priests. I will pray that one tomorrow.

        September 2, 2019 at 3:37 pm
    • Sarto 2010

      “The hierarchy is too far gone …”
      Yes, a thousand times yes. I can only agree.
      Added to that the lack of discipline at diocesan and parish level, well … I will say no more, as I will only get a tongue-lashing form the Editrix.

      September 1, 2019 at 10:23 pm
      • editor


        A “tongue lashing”? From moi? I am not going to dignify that accusation with a reply except to remind you that…


        September 1, 2019 at 11:15 pm
      • RCAVictor


        I believe that argument was tried during the Judge Kavanaugh hearings, on our side of the pond, by one Christine Blasey Ford, who, though she falsely accused the Judge of attempted rape over 30 years ago, would have us find her absurd claim perfectly believable – because, of course, she was a woman!

        I must say, I miss your old rolling pin….

        September 1, 2019 at 11:27 pm
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        Yes, it was painfully obvious that Mzzzzz Blasey Ford was using the victim female card for all it was worth – I bet she’s now wishing she’d read up on Confucius…


        September 2, 2019 at 12:14 am
      • RCAVictor


        You may not have noticed, but Editor is in the habit these days of responding to controversial posts with humor – not that yours was controversial, though perhaps what you left unsaid is.

        I say, spill it, and let the chips fall where they may!

        September 1, 2019 at 11:30 pm
      • editor

        RCA Victor,

        Your exhortation to Sarto has been duly noted. I await his next move… with interest. A lot of it…


        September 2, 2019 at 12:20 am
  • Laura

    Love the way he disciplined that disobedient bishop, love his first encyclical and Pascendi is a perfect analysis of the modernist heresy. Pope Saint Pius X is easily the greatest pope saint of the 20th century.

    Will we get another one? If we don’t, then, humanly speaking, the Church will be finished.

    September 2, 2019 at 11:22 am
  • Nicky

    I completely agree that Pope Pius X is the greatest of the 20th century saints, he was a fantastic pope, and I loved reading the different stories about him on the Vincent Ferrer site. If the popes who came after him had acted on Pascendi, we wouldn’t be in this mess right now.

    September 2, 2019 at 12:13 pm
  • Nicky

    I meant to add this fact from the Vincent Ferrer site because it’s urgent that we pray for priests and seminarians right now:

    “He also had a great love for the Priesthood. As a bishop, his most important focus in the whole diocese was always on the seminarians and proper seminary formation. Under him lax seminaries devoid of seminarians were completely turned around and flourished greatly. He helped extend this reform to the whole Church as pope, especially insisting that seminarians learn the philosophy and scholastic theology of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Church’s “Doctor of Doctors.”

    If only the current seminary rectors and bishops would follow Pius X’s example, the “weeds” could be rooted out reasonably quickly, both from seminaries and from the bishops.

    September 2, 2019 at 12:16 pm
  • editor

    Happy Feast day everyone!

    I suggest we pray especially for the Chuch hierarchy today, not least Papa Francis.

    September 3, 2019 at 9:00 am
  • Theresa Rose

    Happy Feast day everyone.

    I agree, Pope Francis and he Church hierarchy badly need our prayers. This Novena of Saint Pius X to the Immaculate Virgin Mary seems an apt prayer to be said today. We could do with an another Pope of the same calibre of Pope Pius X.


    September 3, 2019 at 9:28 am
    • Michaela

      Theresa Rose,

      Thank you SO much for that beautiful novena prayer of Pope Saint Pius X – I will be using that for a very special intention indeed.

      Taking advantage of my anonymity, knowing the friend concerned doesn’t blog here, I wonder if I could ask for all bloggers to say a prayer for this person whom I have always thought of as a friend. Recently, I’ve discovered that she is not only not much of a friend at all, but she actually hates me. I have struggled with this since realising it, so I’m going to make that novena prior to the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on 8th December, just for her. I don’t know how to handle the situation, but am trying to treat her as a friend, just as I’ve always thought of her. Your prayers would be greatly appreciated.

      In gratitude.

      September 3, 2019 at 11:05 am
      • Josephine


        I will certainly pray for your friend. Usually that sort of hate in someone you’ve regarded as a friend, stems from jealousy, so just be aware of that. Only your prayers and fasting will help her. Any openly charitable behaviour will just exacerbate her inner anger against you.

        September 3, 2019 at 11:13 am
      • Theresa Rose


        It is indeed a beautiful novena prayer of Saint Pius X, that is what attracted me to it. I certainly will keep this person in my prayers.

        September 3, 2019 at 6:47 pm
  • westminsterfly

    Consecration to Our Lord through Our Lady is a good antidote to Modernism. Below is recent news about the rededication of England & Wales as Our Lady’s Dowry in 2020. Full details here:- http://www.dowrytour.org.uk

    Dear Member,

    This is the latest information we have regarding the timetable for the rededication in March 2020.

    Rededication timetable.

    Jan 1st 2020. Formal public announcement by the Bishops of England and Wales

    Feb 21st 2020. All Catholics, and anybody else who wants to join in, will be invited to begin a personal 33 day consecration to Jesus through Mary following the method of St Louis de Montfort. Free books will be sent from the shrine, on request, written by Fr Michael Gaitley entitled, ’33 days to morning glory’. We have been distributing these since the start of the tour. (I would prefer to use the original 33-day preparation by St Louis de Monfort, which can be found free online here:- https://www.fisheaters.com/totalconsecrationmontfort.html Westminster Fly)

    March 25th, Wednesday, the Feast of the Annunciation. All who are following the consecration will consecrate themselves to Jesus through Mary on this day.

    Thursday 26th, Friday 27th, Saturday 28th, a three-day triduum of prayer in which all will be invited to recite the litany of Saints and Martyrs of England and pray the rosary in preparation for the rededication.

    Sunday March 29th, a personal rededication as the Dowry of Mary. This will be done in Westminster, Walsingham, every Cathedral, every cooperating parish, and as many homes as possible. It is a personal rededication following the guidelines in the book ‘The Angelus Promise’ which can be obtained from the Shrine.

    If you wish to have any of the resources mentioned above please contact the Dowry Tour office using the details at the bottom. The 33 days book can be offered free, but subject to p&p. The Litany and the Angelus Promise are £1 each. The proceeds all go to the Walsingham Trust.

    Hopefully some of you will be able to take part.

    In the friendship of Christ

    Our mailing address is:
    Walsingham Association
    Pilgrim Bureau
    Friday Market Place
    Walsingham, Norfolk NR22 6EG
    United Kingdom

    September 3, 2019 at 9:43 am
    • Michaela

      Westminster Fly,

      That is beautiful – just think of consecrating oneself to Our Lady on 25th March, of all her lovely Feast days!

      I actually came in here to post an article that is all over the internet about an American Catholic school where the priest has removed Harry Potter books – it makes very interesting reading. I was going to post it on the General Discussion thread but now I see this one, and this being the Feast of Pope Saint Pius X, I think he would be good to ask for prayers of intercession for this priest and school because they will not be under demonic attack, no question about it.

      A very happy Feast day everyone!

      September 3, 2019 at 10:59 am
    • RCAVictor


      This is astoundingly good news, but I keep hesitating over the label “personal rededication” as the Dowry of Mary. Is this something less than a national rededication, or is it effectively the same thing?

      September 3, 2019 at 3:37 pm
      • westminsterfly

        RCA Victor
        They have been quite open about this on the official website, where it states: “The re-dedication in 2020, unlike the dedication of King Richard II in 1381, will not be the gift of the country of England, but the personal gift of the faith of the people of England to the Mother of God, to seek her help in building a strong spiritual foundation for the New Evangelisation.” . . . “So the 2020 rededication will be the offering of the faith of the people of this country to the Mother of God, to seek Our Lady’s prayers for the loving care and protection of our country.” http://dowrytour.org.uk/dowryofmary
        It is disappointing that it isn’t apparently an actual rededication of our country, but at least the programme is encouraging people/parishes/dioceses to make the 33 day preparation and personal consecration to Jesus through Mary, which can’t be a bad thing in itself. Our Lady is never outdone in generosity. I’m sure that some graces will be won for poor old England & Wales, which is why I would encourage as many to join in as possible.

        September 3, 2019 at 4:51 pm
  • Josephine

    Happy Feast everyone!

    I selected this story about Pope Pius X from the Ferrer site:

    Bishop Sarto once heard that two of his priests had been remiss for several years in making their obligatory annual retreat. One day he paid them a spontaneous visit. Stating he had a very busy schedule that day but needed to speak with them he invited them into his carriage. Both priests who were eager to please their bishop readily joined him. The bishop’s driver then promptly drove the carriage out into the country to a monastery where the abbot hastily came to receive His Excellency. After all the passengers stepped off the carriage, Bishop Sarto informed the abbot that the two priests were here to make their annual silent retreat. He gave them his blessing, prayed they may have spiritually fruitful exercises, and then drove off, leaving the two priests rather shocked and dumbfounded.


    September 3, 2019 at 11:10 am
  • Laura

    Happy Feast of St Pius X to all CT bloggers.

    September 3, 2019 at 7:13 pm
  • Helen

    Happy feast day! I really cannot see the next pope being any better than the present one as the College of Cardinals is infested with modernists and worse. It will take a miracle for change to take place.

    September 3, 2019 at 11:05 pm
  • editor

    Thank you to everyone who contributed to this discussion, paying tribute to this great saint on his Feast day.

    I’ll close it down now – having just opened another thread paying tribute to another great saint – St Therese of Lisieux, on the subject of the tour of the saint’s relics, around the 8 dioceses in Scotland!

    September 4, 2019 at 11:59 pm

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