Papal Pronouncements on Marriage and the Family from Leo XIII to Pius XII (1878-1954)

Papal Pronouncements on Marriage and the Family from Leo XIII to Pius XII (1878-1954)

Papal Pronouncements on Marriage and the Family from Leo XIII to Pius XII (1878-1954)

Papal Pronouncements on Marriage and the Family from Leo XIII to Pius XII (1878-1954)

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The purpose of this book is to provide a handy means of reference for the pronouncements on marriage and the family made by the popes within the past seventy-five years. Our aim was to locate, analyze, and then group under appropriate headings the pronouncements made from the beginning of the pontificate of Leo XIII (1878) to the year 1954 in the reign of Pius XII.

DEFINITIONS OF DOCUMENTS QUOTED

The papal pronouncements in this compilation are taken from the encyclicals, allocutions, and addresses of the popes. Of these, encyclical letters

. . . are by far the most familiar to the laity and the ones most widely published and translated. As the term signifies, encyclicals are in form circular letters intended to be passed on from one to another of the group addressed. In actual practice, however, they are addressed to all the bishops of the world, bearing the superscription "to our Venerable Brethren, Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, Bishops and other local Ordinaries in peace and communion with the Holy See." The subscription contains the apostolic benediction and a simple date of signature including the year of the pontificate. The pope's name, followed by the contracted form PP. for Papa, appears at the foot. When the letters are addressed primarily or entirely not to all the bishops but only to a notable part of the hierarchy they are called Epistolae Encyclicae (Encyclical Epistles).

The term "encyclical" has been used by the popes from an early date but it was not commonly adopted before the eighteenth century.

Since then it has steadily increased in favor.

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