Pius XII, Full Address to young girls of Catholic Action of Rome, members of the crusade of purity , May 22, 1941.

 Finally, the entire speech has been found! Unfortunately it is in French, and google translate is pretty loose, so bear with us. Here is the original.


ADDRESS TO GIRLS OF CATHOLIC ACTION ROME MEMBERS OF PURITY CRUSADE

(May 22, 1941 J1

Female youth of Italian Catholic Action has undertaken in 1940, in Italy, a “crusade of purity” against the immorality of fashion, the Holy Father congratulated the delegation of 3,000 members and their reminded Christian principles which should govern the female attire and attitude that must have Christian girls in front of immorality.

Our joy is intense, dear daughters, bless you again in the holy “crusade of purity “you have so opportunely business and you courageously continue under the powerful protection of the Virgin most pure, Mary immaculate.

the” crusade of purity ”

The worthy and happy crusade name you have chosen and taxed at your beautiful big campaign features a brilliant cross, salvation beacon for the world, and evokes the glorious historical memories of the Crusades of the Christian peoples, the holy expeditions and battles under the sacred flags for the conquest of the holy places and to defend Catholic countries against invasions and threats of unbelievers. You also hear defend a Catholic area, the land of purity, there conquer and keep those that read like a cloud charged with the aroma of Christ forth fragrance in families, gatherings of friends, streets, assemblies, performances, public and private entertainment.

This is a crusade against the enemies of Catholic morality, against the perils create calmly current morality of the powerful waves peoples of immorality that lead through the streets of the world and invade all social classes.

necessitated by the current immorality

Today such a danger exists everywhere, the Church is not only to tell. Even among foreign men to the Christian faith, the most far-sighted and more concerned with the public good in denouncing the high spirits terrible threats to the social order and the future of nations. These excitations to uncleanness that multiply currently poisoning the roots of life, while the brake of evil is further weakened by the indulgence, we would call a better negation of part of more wider public consciousness that shows blind in front of the most reprehensible moral disorders.

This immorality is it more today than other previous eras? It might be unwise to assert, in any case, this is an idle question. Already the author of 1 “Eccle-siastic” wrote this warning: “Do not say, how is it that the former days were better than these? because such a question is silly. All things are difficult. What has been is what will be, and what is done is what will be done; and there is nothing new under the sun “( Ecclesiastes 7.11 i Ecclesiastes 8-10 ).

The life of man on earth – even in Christian centuries – is always a battle. We need to save our souls and those of our brethren in our time, and now the danger is certainly bigger because the devices that excite passions Extraordi-nairement increased, while at other times they were confined restricted circles. The progress of the press, cheap books like luxury books, photographs, illustrations, art prints of all kinds and of all colors and all costs, cinemas, variety shows and a hundred other ways misleading secrets and spread the attractions of evil, and put them in the hands of all, great and small, women and girls. Is there not a way that spreads to everyone, bold and unbecoming to a young girl raised in a Christian? The movie does not he do attend performances that once took refuge in enclosures where they would never have dared set foot?

In the face of these dangers, the government has taken several

countries of legislative or administrative measures to stem the flood of immorality. But in the area of customs, the external action of the authorities, even the most powerful, praiseworthy, useful and necessary as it is, will never succeed in getting these alone sincere and wholesome fruits that heal the souls on which must operate a more powerful force.

… in many areas.

The Church needs to work on souls, and service of Catholic Action, your action, in unity and under the direction of the ecclesiastical hierarchy, fighting the perils of misconduct in all areas that are open to you: in the fashion, apparel and clothing, hygiene and sport, in the field of social relations and entertainment. Your weapons are your word and your example, your kindness and your support, weapons as evidenced from others and make possible and commendable behavior that honors you and honors your business.

We do not we propose to retrace here the sad picture too known disorders that present themselves to you: if tight clothing or as they seem made for rather put more into relief what they should veil; sports parts that unfold under conditions of clothes, exhibition and camaraderie, irreconcilable with the modesty even less demanding; dances, shows, interviews, readings, artwork, ornaments, where the desire of entertainment and fun accumulates the most serious dangers. Instead, we wish to remember and put before you the principles of the Catholic faith in these matters, should inform your judgment, guide your conduct and your not, inspire and support your spiritual struggle.

For it is a struggle it is. The purity of the living souls of supernatural grace is preserved or never retain without a fight. Blessed are you have received in your families, at the dawn of your life, from the cradle, with baptism, a higher life, the divine life. unconscious children a great gift and a great happiness, then you have not had to fight – as more mature souls less fortunate than you – to conquer such a high good; but you yourselves do not retain it without struggle.

If the purifying and sanctifying grace that has reconciled with God as daughters of adoption and heirs of heaven in your soul has erased the original sin, it has nonetheless left you sad legacy of Adam, who is this internal imbalance, the fight felt that even the great apostle Paul who, while taking delight in the law of God after the inward man, saw its members another law of sin ( Rom 7.22 to 23) Law passions and disordered inclinations, who never let themselves fully tame, and with which, allied to the flesh and the world conspires an angel of Satan, the temptations molest souls. This is the war that book between spirit and flesh so openly attested by Divine Revelation that with the exception of the Blessed Virgin it is futile to imagine a life that can be both pure and lived without vigilance and without a fight. Give not believe in the illusion of your soul insensible to excitations, invincible to the attractions and dangers. It is true that the habit often succeeds in making mind less susceptible to such impressions, especially when it is hijacked, absorbed in its forces by the exercise of higher professional or intellectual activity. But imagine that all souls, so prone to passions can get unresponsive to stimuli caused by the images, colorful attractions of pleasure, stir and hold on the attention they would assume and believe that the malignant complicity these perilous instigations found in the instincts of the fallen human nature and disorderly can never stop or decrease.

… that the action of the “crusade” aims to support.

This inevitable fight, you will accept courageously and Christian. The purpose of your joint action can not be to remove it completely, but it should aim to get that necessary spiritual battle is not made for more difficult and perilous souls by external circumstances, the atmosphere in which hearts who suffer the assaults must support and continue. On the battlefields of the Church, or compete virtue and vice, you will always meet some characters whom God gave a fearless temper heroic. Supported by grace, they will leave no shake or hit by no pulse; they know openly maintained without corruption and pure amidst the filth that surrounds them, they were a good sourdough fermentation and regeneration for the many souls – redeemed, too, by the blood of Christ – which mass around them. Therefore, the purpose of your struggle is that Christian purity, salvation condition for souls becomes less difficult for all people of goodwill, so that the temptations born of external contingencies, do not exceed the limits of this resistance that ‘with the grace of God, poor force of many souls is able to oppose.

To achieve resolutions as holy and righteous as it is necessary to act on the environment and the flow of ideas that can influence effectively enough common action, so that individual and isolated action has limited or no effectiveness. If Unity makes strength, only a compact group and as many as possible of spirits resolved Christians and without fear, know where their conscience speaks and demands, shake off the yoke of some social, freedom from tyranny stronger today than ever, modes of all kinds, clothing patterns, patterns in the customs and social relationships.

Christian fashion design.

The method has, in itself, nothing bad. It arises spontaneously from human sociability, following the impulse which inclines to be in harmony with others and with the habits of people among which were live. God does not ask you to live out your time to stay indifferent to the demands of fashion as to make yourself ridiculous by dressing against taste and common uses of your contemporary, and never worry about it they like. So Pangélique Aquinas he says that in external things which man used no vice but the vice comes from the man who wears outrageously compared to the uses those with whom he lives, distinguishing itself in a strange way with others,

2 IheoL Summa, IIa Hae, q. 169, s. 1.

virtue in feminine adornment when it conforms to the use, according to the state of the person and a good intention. When women wear decent ornaments in keeping with their status and dignity when they follow in this measure with the customs of their country, then adorn themselves is also an act of the virtue of moderation that prints a measured approach , attitude, clothing and all the outer movements. 3

Attitude control that girls

In the attitude to adopt towards fashion, under the stars balance. What God asks you is to remember always that fashion is not and can not be the supreme rule of your conduct, that above fashion and its requirements, there are higher and imperious laws , upper and immutable principles which in any case can not be sacrificed at the discretion of pleasure or caprice, and before whom the idol of fashion should know lowering his omnipotence fugitive. These principles were proclaimed by God through the Church, by the saints and holy, by reason and Christian morality. These are signals that mark the limits beyond which do not flower lilies and roses, where purity, modesty, dignity and honor women not exhale their perfume, but where and reign breath unhealthy air of lightness, ambiguous language, daring vanity, conceit in the heart as well as in clothing. These are the principles that St. Thomas Aquinas states and recalls affecting the toilet of women 4 indicating what should be the order of our charity and our affections: the good of our soul outweighs that of our body, and we prefer to the advantage of our own bodies the good of the soul of our neighbor 5. So do not you see that there is a limit that no form of fashion may help overcome a limit beyond which fashion is a source of ruin for the soul of the woman and for the souls of others? conceit in the heart as well as in clothing. These are the principles that St. Thomas Aquinas states and recalls affecting the toilet of women 4 indicating what should be the order of our charity and our affections: the good of our soul outweighs that of our body, and we prefer to the advantage of our own bodies the good of the soul of our neighbor 5. So do not you see that there is a limit that no form of fashion may help overcome a limit beyond which fashion is a source of ruin for the soul of the woman and for the souls of others? conceit in the heart as well as in clothing. These are the principles that St. Thomas Aquinas states and recalls affecting the toilet of women 4 indicating what should be the order of our charity and our affections: the good of our soul outweighs that of our body, and we prefer to the advantage of our own bodies the good of the soul of our neighbor 5. So do not you see that there is a limit that no form of fashion may help overcome a limit beyond which fashion is a source of ruin for the soul of the woman and for the souls of others?

… who need to know the temptations they may cause.

Some girls may say that so determined to dress is more convenient and also more hygienic; but if

3 St. Thomas, Expositio in Isaiam prophetam, c. III in fine.

4 Summa Theol., IIa Hae, q. 169, s. 2.

5 Ibid., IIa Hae, q. 26, s. 4-5.

becomes for the salvation of the soul and a serious threat next, she certainly is not hygienic for your mind and it is your duty to give it up. The desire to save their souls made heroic martyrs, such as Agnes and Cecilia, amid torments and lacerations their virginal body. You, sisters in faith in Christ’s love and esteem of virtue, you would not find in your heart of hearts the courage and strength to sacrifice a bit of well-being, a physical advantage, if we want to keep healthy and pure life of your souls? If, for simple personal enjoyment, no one has the right to endanger the personal lives of others, is not it even less possible to compromise the salvation, so the very life of their souls? If, as some claim, a bold fashion produces no bad impression on them, that they know the impression that others are feeling? Which insures that the others do not pull the wrong incentives? You do not know the background of human frailty nor what corrupted blood runs off the wounds left in human nature by Adam’s sin with ignorance in intelligence, malice in the will, greed and fun weakness in respect of the property difficult in the passions of the senses to the point that man, soft as wax for evil, “sees what is best and approval, and attaches the worst” 6 because of this weight that always, like lead, leads to the bottom. Oh !

Advice for Christian mothers …

What we do not hesitate to add: O Christian mothers, if you knew what a future of anxieties and internal dangers, harm repressed doubts, bad contained shames you prepare your son and your daughters, by accustoming them recklessly to live barely covered, making them lose the delicate sense of modesty, you blush of yourselves and you redouteriez shame you made to yourselves and the harm you cause these children that heaven has entrusted to you to raise them as Christians. And what we say to mothers, we repeat many of believing women

6 See Ovid, Metamorphoses, 7, 20-21.

and even pious who, by agreeing to attend such bold fashion, are falling by their example the last hesitations that hold a lot of sisters away from this mode that will become for them a source of spiritual ruin. As long as certain provocative toilets remain the dubious notoriety and women of privilege as a sign that makes them recognize, we do not dare to adopt for himself. But when these toilets appear worn by people above all suspicion, we do not hesitate to go with the flow, a current that may cause the worst falls.

and members of the “crusade.”

If he agrees that all Christian women have the courage to get in front of such serious moral responsibilities, you, dear girls, because of this strong feeling that you tapped into your faith and candor of virtue, you have glory of you being united paladines purity, in your holy crusade. Isolated, your boldness would be of little value in opposing the invasion of the evil that surrounds you; closely united and framed, you will be strong enough and powerful legion to impose respect for the rights of Christian modesty. Your sense of young Catholics, meaning refined and supported by the wisdom of faith and conscious practice of a solidly pious life, you will see and discern, in the light of the Spirit of God, with the help of his grace obtained through prayer and also with the help of advice requested those that Jesus Christ has placed as guides and teachers at your side, which, in the modes in the uses and the social conventions that arise to you, is fully acceptable, which is only tolerable, which is totally unacceptable. The clear knowledge and deeply felt your job make you brave and loyal in mutual support, to accomplish it without hesitation, but with a resolution worthy of your youthful ardor. which is totally unacceptable. The clear knowledge and deeply felt your job make you brave and loyal in mutual support, to accomplish it without hesitation, but with a resolution worthy of your youthful ardor. which is totally unacceptable. The clear knowledge and deeply felt your job make you brave and loyal in mutual support, to accomplish it without hesitation, but with a resolution worthy of your youthful ardor.

Belle is the virtue of purity and smooth grace that shines not only in fact but also in speech that never oversteps the bounds of propriety and politeness and seasoning love the advice and warning . The chaste generation is also bursting with grace before God and before men. In the days of trial, suffering, sacrifice and austere duties which we are, it is not afraid to go up all his power at the height of the serious obligations under Providence. Today, dear daughters, the crusade for you is not in the sword, blood or martyrdom, but in the example, speech and exhortation. Against your energies and your designs stands, as a key enemy, the demon of impurity and the license of manners. Raise your head high to heaven, where Christ and the Immaculate Virgin, his Mother, watching you. Be strong and unyielding in fulfilling your duty as Christians. Take the defense of the purity walking against corruption which softens youth. Give to your beloved country the service of inestimable value by working and cooperating effectively to spread in souls more purity and innocence; there, you will make them more cautious, more vigilant, straighter, stronger, more generous. Give to your beloved country the service of inestimable value by working and cooperating effectively to spread in souls more purity and innocence; there, you will make them more cautious, more vigilant, straighter, stronger, more generous. Give to your beloved country the service of inestimable value by working and cooperating effectively to spread in souls more purity and innocence; there, you will make them more cautious, more vigilant, straighter, stronger, more generous.

Pray that the Queen of Angels, winning the insidious snake, all pure, all of high purity, supports and directs your efforts in this crusade that you inspired! It bless your banner and crown candid trophies of your wins! We plead in this direction, for the name of her divine Son We grant you with all my heart the Apostolic Blessing to you and to all those who have joined and will join you in your courageous campaign.

PRAYER IN HONOR OF SAINT EUGENE I \ 2er \ 0 POPE

(May 31, 1941) 1

The Holy Father composed this prayer on the occasion of the feast of its patron, St. Eugene.

O Jesus, Supreme Pontiff of the new and eternal Testament, who are sitting at the right hand of God as our perpetual lawyer who’re enjoying stay down here every day, from century to century, with your beloved wife, the Church, and with your Vicar who governs, You, divine Prince of pastors of your flock deign to glorify the See of Peter and your servant Pope Eugene and amid the perversity of time, make it soft from the onslaught of enemies, firm in defense of the faith, benevolent father and vigilant master in his pastoral function. That by his merits, which are your grace and glory, you grant a sympathetic ear to his intercession with you and exauciez Our prayer. Thy kingdom come, O immortal King of the ages; that reaches up the ends of the earth the truth that you have given us from heaven and qu’enflamme all hearts the fire that you have longed to see light in the world. Such is the anguish that grips the paternal heart of your Vicar, the anguish of the reconciliation of men with you, fear of truth and goodness in souls, the anguish comfort for the tears of so many as mothers and children, the anxiety of harmony and forgiveness among the people, the anxiety of justice and peace. Brighten your Vicar, O Jesus, comfort him in his pain and his concern for the world, renewing it in the spirit of the holy priest who intercedes for him with you. Say, O Lord, this powerful word that changes minds; transform hatred into the love; refrénez the fury of the passions of men; soften the sufferings and dry the tears unhappy; Grow virtue and resignation of families; pacify the nations and peoples; so that the Church founded by Peter on to gather all peoples around your altar of life and salvation, invoke you, love you and exalts you in peace for centuries and centuries. So be it. 2 you love and exalts you in peace for centuries and centuries. So be it. 2 you love and exalts you in peace for centuries and centuries. So be it. 2

2 The Holy Apostolic Pémtencene, the approached St. Eugene, conceded indulgences to the following customary conditions to the faithful who devoutly recite the above prayer: 1) A partial indulgence of 500 days each; 2) a plenary indulgence once a month for which the recite each day during the entire month.

SPEECH AT SACRED COLLEGE ON THE OCCASION OF THE FEAST OF SAINT EUGENE

1 “(June 1941) 1

Responding to the greeting party which were presented by the Dean of the Sacred College surrounded him twenty cardinals, the Pope announced that he will send to the world a paging message to celebrate the Encyclical’s anniversary “Rerum Novarum”,

the feast of Pentecost.

The Church today celebrates the great feast of the descent of the renewing Spirit on the apostles and the first faithful gathered in the Upper Room and there are persevering in prayer and waiting for the power from on high. This solemnity, Venerable Brothers and Beloved Sons, also elevates our mind to heavenly things, the bitterness of the hour in which the inscrutable design of Divine Providence – it is always blessed and adored in his eternal purposes consolation as of affliction! – We wanted to place and our pontificate. On the edge of the waters of Lake Tiberias, lulled into storms and fertilized by Christ for apostolic nets, the Church was born with Pierre, pastor of lambs and sheep; but the fire of Spirit had to realize his baptism, the Church received it between the peaceful walls of the Upper Room, that also would realize it in the supernatural ex aqua and Spiritu Sancto born in the likeness of her divine Founder and husband, where, when he came out of the Jordan River, the sky ajar down God’s Spirit as a dove, and the voice of the Father proclaimed the beloved Son object of his kindnesses. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit Church and love are with her; they make it as a great poet sings, “mother of the saints” and “the camp of those who hope.” he came out of the Jordan River, the sky ajar down God’s Spirit as a dove, and the voice of the Father proclaimed the beloved Son object of his kindnesses. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit Church and love are with her; they make it as a great poet sings, “mother of the saints” and “the camp of those who hope.” he came out of the Jordan River, the sky ajar down God’s Spirit as a dove, and the voice of the Father proclaimed the beloved Son object of his kindnesses. The Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit Church and love are with her; they make it as a great poet sings, “mother of the saints” and “the camp of those who hope.”

St. Eugene.

At the solemn joy of Pentecost, you wanted by your wishes join the birthday party Our heavenly patron, St. Eugene. Pure celebration and joy serene family, in which the “mother of the saints” is exalted, Our hope revived and comforted, and well qu’enveloppée this sadness wind whose rating has also accompanied the words springing from the heart and lips the revered dean of the Sacred College, so beloved and so felt you and us when we sometimes he spoke on behalf of all your congratulations and your vows.

If until now the terrors of war were spared in the Eternal City, but the echo of the cruel and devastating belligerent action wailing over the dead, anxiety about the spread, nostalgia prisoners the complaint of widows and orphans, the exile of deportees, misery and destitution evacuees without dwelling, seek and find in the vicissitudes of their adventure the road to achieve in all languages ​​and with heartrending words up to us, to our ears and our hearts. They reveal and we placed under our eyes every day, and as hour by hour, and the immense dark abyss of suffering and anguish in which this hurricane has caused and causes constantly poor no less humanity than the Lord’s vineyard .

However, in this situation so agonizing trials and pain, the Church does not cease to be “the camp of those who hope.” Before Our eyes – bright and comforting vision – this is gentle and helpful figure of the Holy Pontiff whose name was imposed on us in baptism. As we contemplate his example, road and challenging for our soul, we implore the eternal Priest of the sublime altar of Golgotha, attraction center of the universe, a spark of this exuberant flame of love for the poor and destitute, who shone among the other noble qualities in holy Eugène2. We ask that we obtain from the Lord that in an ever greater extent – through

– ‘See Liber Pontificalis, n. LXXVII.

generous cooperation of many chosen souls who, moved by love of Christ, come to the aid of the inadequacy of our material resources – it is given us to forward also in the future victims of war and the crowd of those who suffer the most effective proof of our affection and our paternal solicitude never tired.

Pain and TRAVAU Lot of man on earth.

If the Church, born of the passion of Christ, looks full of compassion on the pain to relieve it with words and the help that is in its power and meritorious conformity to the divine will, she knows however, not work, ennobled a sublime way by Christ in the humble workshop of Nazareth craftsman. The pain and the work they are not the two companions given by God to our first parents in the path of life, after their fall, when he drove out of Eden? “I will multiply your sufferings, especially those of your designs: bring forth the son in pain,” he said to the woman. “Through hard work … that you eat the herb of the field. It is the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, “he said to the man.Gen 3.16 to 19 )! The pain and work are well separated and never own one to the woman, another man, they become common to them in the land of the living.

The work and the condition of the workers magnified by St. Paul and Leo XIII in the encyclical “Rerum Novarum” …

But for the man’s work is not only that of the land he bathes his sweat: the man also sue in domestic work, in factories, in the arts, in business, in a thousand tasks and jobs. The Church, since its origins, considers and considers the work: the Apostle Paul, for bread, devoted his hands and his word at work; he came to proclaim: “Whoever refuses to work, he does not eat either …

But the vast field of human work and the condition of the workers is, for us and for the Catholic world, illuminated in this year in a special light, and warmed by a grateful remembrance, just and honorable, drift an important act of one of the greatest popes of our time; a measure which gives me great pleasure to extol the profound social significance and influence that continues to this day to commemorate the and for it to be celebrated, not so much noisy parties and feasts in deep interior recollection that grows to an examination of conscience about the past, to activated achievements in the present and in a manly resolution for the future. We hear the immortal Encyclical Rerum Novarum,

… whose 50th anniversary will be marked by a radio message from the Pope.

On this fertile historical event, we propose we send our son soon in worldwide personal radio message, to stimulate their minds and energies to prove themselves worthy, in thought and in action, the precious heritage contained in this masterpiece of a pope who was a wise and prophetic as investigator and a fair judge and weighted impulses and aspirations of his time and of the future. This is why we are happy in this interview that we have with you, Venerable Brothers and Beloved Sons, Our brave and faithful people and wise counselors, I heard you hope that all parts of the Christian world of the spirits rise open to the truth, palpitating hearts of deep love, manly souls decided to sacrifice everything, following the light that Leo XIII, there are ten chandeliers, shined, and whose incomparable successor, Pius XI, has grown much shine, make every effort and go boldly and with perseverance to rescue the world astray and immersed only in the thoughts and passions of this, forgetful of God and the future life. That these souls are trying to enlighten the world, to show him the way and renew the altars of the Lord God of justice and love, diverting the principles and methods unfortunate result of an erroneous evolution and misleading that disguises itself under the aspect of intellectual and spiritual development, civil and social, which, at the end of this century,

Woe to the separate laws of divinity! What honesty, what credit is left in the law? The rights once distant altars, stumble

and tremble, collapse. 3

Trust in the future despite the sadness of the hour.

The future of the people and the life of man is dark, but the cross remains standing during the course of the world. Our constant prayer, Venerable Brothers and Beloved Sons, We make up with yours to heaven, “the eternal Shepherd does not abandon his flock but he keeps it and continually protects its blessed apostles”. Perhaps the time to come will they become even darker; but the sun of righteousness will not cease to shine in the darkness; the star that still guide us in the night will be the star of faith, hope and love from the first pope: Nunc scio vere … and Gentile Apostle Scio cui credidi. In this farm and consoling confidence

3 l.éon XIII. A Leim Chrittn tnemntlt taermll ftfspiria