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St. Pius V Demands Rigorous Punishment
of Homosexual Clergy

With homosexuality entering center stage in the discussions of the Synod presently going on at the Vatican, we bring to our readers some thoughts of St. Pius V on this matter in his Constitution Cum primum of April 1, 1566.

In this Constitution the Inquisitor St. Pius V calls the vice against nature one of the offenses that are most repugnant to God and raise His wrath. He warns judges against negligence in punishing these crimes and solemnly established that clerics should be given over to the secular arm for the punishment of death.

Pope St. Pius V

“Having determined to do away with everything that may in some way offend the Divine Majesty, we resolve to punish, above all and without indulgence, those things which, by the authority of the Sacred Scriptures or by most grievous examples, are more repugnant to God than any others and raise His wrath: that is, negligence in divine worship, ruinous simony, the crime of blasphemy, and the execrable libidinous vice against nature. For such faults peoples and nations are scourged by God Who, according to His just condemnation, sends catastrophes, wars, famine, and pestilence ...

“Let the judges know that if, even after this our Constitution, they are negligent in punishing these crimes, they will not only be guilty of them in the divine judgment but also will incur our indignation ...

If someone commits that nefarious crime against nature that caused divine wrath to be unleashed against the children of iniquity, he will be given over to the secular arm for punishment [of death]; and if he is a cleric, he will be subject to the same punishment after having been stripped of all his degrees [of ecclesiastical dignity].”

St. Pius V, Constitution Cum primum, April 1, 1566, in Bullarium Romanum
(Rome: Typographia Reverendae Camerae Apostolicae, Mainardi, 1738), vol. 4, chap. 2, p. 284,
apud Atila S. Guimaraes, Vatican II, Homosexuality and Pedophilia, TIA, 2004, pp. 19-20


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Posted October 10, 2015