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Condemnation of Teilhard de Chardin
by the Holy Office in 1962

The timeliness given to Teilhard de Chardin by Benedict XVI's recent mention of his Cosmic Liturgy, made us think that our readers would be interested to have the original document of the Holy Office condemning that controversial theologian.

At right is an actual photocopy of the text of the Holy Office Decree published in Latin in L'Osservatore Romano, July 1, 1962. Below left is our translation.


Several works of Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, some of which were published posthumously, are being edited and receiving considerable support.

Refraining from a judgment in that which concerns the positive sciences, it is quite evident that in philosophical and theological matters the mentioned works are filled with ambiguities and even serious errors that offend Catholic doctrine.

For this reason, the Most Eminent and Most Reverend Fathers of the Supreme and Sacred Congregation of the Holy Office exhort all Ordinaries as well as the Superiors of Religious Institutes, Rectors of Seminaries and Directors of Universities, to protect minds, particularly of the youth, against the dangers of the works of Fr. Teilhard de Chardin and his associates.

Given at Rome, from the Palace of the Holy Office, on the 30th day of June, 1962.

        Sebastian Masala, Notary

(L'Osservatore Romano, July 1, 1962, p.1)

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