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Why Are Pius XI Documents Missing from Vatican Website? (UPDATED)

It appears that Pope Pius XI’s documents are missing from the Vatican website where they were once stored. We walk you through just one of the missing documents, the link for which is still available through Google.

Since the (somewhat impromptu) video below was made earlier today, we did some more digging, and it appears that the documents of other popes are still there going back to Pope Clement XII. Pius XI is the one missing page in the list.

Pope Pius XI was a staunch opponent of the kind of ecumenism the Vatican now favors. He also wrote about the Social Kingship of Christ. Could this be why, or is this just an IT error?

A snapshot of the Pius XI page on 10/17/16 shows that it did exist. Here’s the video of what we saw when we went looking:

UPDATE – 10/20/2016: It appears that the works of Pope Pius XI have returned to the Vatican Website. Whatever the reason for their temporary absence, we’re glad to have them back.

61 thoughts on “Why Are Pius XI Documents Missing from Vatican Website? (UPDATED)”

  1. There are no coincidences. That doesn’t mean that it was done intentionally by people at the Vatican, but in the Realm of Divine Providence there are no coincidences, so God could be pointing out a problem…as in someone is behaving as if those encyclicals don’t exist.

  2. Steve, I remember you writing a post some time ago about the need to purchase hard copies of solid Catholic books. This is precisely why I have followed your advice and invested in a number of important titles: digital/Internet storage can be easily abused. What happens, for example, if (when?) our PC overlords declare that so many vital Catholic books and documents are “hate speech” and must be removed from all servers? Real, physical books and pamphlets are our only defense against such an eventuality.

    Fortunately, I have an excellent translation of Mortalium, along with 15 other pre-Vatican II papal documents, in my copy of The Popes Against Modern Errors, an excellent collection published by the good people at TAN Books. Not to spread rumors, and I hope I am wrong, but I would advise anyone who does NOT have a copy of this book to order one ASAP, as it is no longer listed in TAN’s online catalog. (Not to create a conspiracy theory, but it seems that ever since Saint Benedict Press bought TAN, they are slowly phasing out a number of books that may be too “hardcore” traditionalist for the so-called “mainstream” Church, such as Which Bible Should Your Read? [an apologia for the Douay-Rheims that highlights just how many Catholic doctrines are obscured or eliminated in newer Bible translations], A Practical Commentary on Holy Scripture [a thoroughly pre-Modernist commentary on Scripture that the layman can easily understand], and Davies’s Liturgical Time Bombs in Vatican II.) That’s why I have been snapping up such titles like crazy while I can.

    • Thank you. I have also been looking for Catholic books written before 1960.
      Like you, I fear they will disappear and their content lost forever.

      An aside…… I just finished reading “Witness” by Whittaker Chambers and I believe I was led by the Holy Spirit to read it at this very moment in history.

  3. I believe you have written recently about the Vatican media apparatus editing Frankenpope’s speeches after the fact to paint them in a better light. Might this be a similar strategy to remove “embarrassing” encyclicals during these auspicious commemorations of the proddy dung-fest?

  4. That’s not an error. In addition to the reasons you stated above, bear in mind that the progressives are trying to bastardize Christ’s teachings on marriage and family life. Pius XI wrote Casti Cunnubii and of course that is among the missing. I just went to the site myself and saw it. Go here for the writings – might not be a bad idea for us to download these things to our own hard drives.

    • I think i will not only save them to my hard drive but print them off and archive them so when my sons are old enough i can better share the faith with them in the event they are removed from the web or if there is a solar flare or emp

    • It may be safer to get the encyclicals from another site at this point. I would want to compare them to make sure they were not re-written or edited. Maybe that’s a possibility as to the missing ones. Will they eventually be edited and put back to reflect the recent “changes” on marriage?

  5. It is distressing to see the Vatican acting in a manner akin to the worst aspects of the Obama administration in full spin. The unethical manipulation is the surest sign that this pope is heterodox in his disposition.

      • I recommend every Catholic begins a study of Papal bulls and encyclicals on Freemasonry and socialism and the family. Reading this material has radically altered my view of what is and has been going on in the Catholic Church since V2.

        I’m not kidding when I say these writings condemning these evil philosophies and pseudo-religions are shocking in their description of…the Church today.

        When you are reading a warning and condemnation of Freemasonry from a Pope from over a hundred years ago and the first thing that pops in your mind is the fact that the teaching of the current Pope sounds exactly like what is damned in the old Papal encyclical, well, it wakes you right up and sets your jaw tight.

        This is it, folks. I cannot see how it is possible for us not to be deeply into the days of CCC 675.

          • Make sure you are sitting down when you read this stuff.

            Start with Leo XIII Humanum Genus.

            Here’s a list.


            Also, make sure to read Mortalium Animos and related texts like Casti Cannubi. And definitely Leo XIII Quod Apostolici Muneris.

            These texts will absolutely demolish the current Marxist-inspired, pop-theology on “social issues” as we have had rammed down our throats for 50 years.

            Folks, there is no way to reconcile what IS going on with our leadership and what WAS going on. SEARCH for a good parish. They are sometimes hard to find. Praise God I only have to drive 1 1/2 hours to my FSSP parish. God’s blessings on you.

            Remember; “Those who endure to the end will be saved”.

          • Thank you RTHEVR and stukov both for your recommendations. I’ve read Mortalium Animos, that’s a real eye opener. And of course Pascendi Dominici Gregis. I will be makin time to read the rest, as well.

          • There is also a highly recommended book entitled: The Popes Against Modern Errors by Anthoni J. Mioni, you could find it on Amazon. It is a collection of 16 Papal documents, which are in chronological order:

            * On Liberalism (Mirari Vos). Gregory XVI. 1832.
            * On Current Errors (Quanta Cura). Pius IX. 1864.
            * The Syllabus of Errors. Pius IX. 1864.
            * On Government Authority (Diuturnum Mud). Leo XIII. 1881.
            * On Freemasonry and Naturalism (Humanum Genus). Leo XIII. 1884.
            * On the Nature of True Liberty (Libertas Praestantissimum). Leo X111. 1888.
            * On the Condition of the Working Classes (Rerum Novarum). Leo XIII. 1891.
            * On Christian Democracy (Graves de Communi Re). Leo XIII. 1901.
            * Syllabus Condemning the Errors of the Modernists (Lainentabili Sane). St. Pius X. 1907.
            * On Modernism (Pascendi Dominici Gregis). St. Pius X. 1907.
            * Our Apostolic Mandate (On the “Sillon”). St. Pius X. 1910.
            * The Oath Against Modernism. St. Pius X. 1910.
            * On the Feast of Christ the King (Quas Primas). Pius XI. 1925.
            * On Fostering True Religious Unity (Mortalium Animos). Pius XI. 1928.
            * On Atheistic Communism (Divini Redemptoris). Pius XI. 1937.
            * On Certain False Opinions (Humani Generic). Pius XII. 1950.

          • This is a great list!

            One more I’ll add is “Quod Apostolici Muneris” {On the Evils of Socialism} Pope Leo Xiii, 1878.

            So often Leftist Modernists in the Church leave out Quod and then key on selected bits of Rerum Novarum to advance their agenda in support of socialist regimes and systems and policies. In fact, Rerum Novarum, which is a very powerful document, only makes full sense in the context of Pope Leo XIII’s previous Quod.

            Bottom line is THIS:

            The Lord thru the Popes of the last couple hundred years has given us wholly ample warning and headsup to the “religious deception” {see CCC 675} that would be coming.

          • Thanks! I didn’t know about this encyclical. I’ve just read this short sentence:

            … the socialists, stealing the very Gospel itself with a view to deceive more easily the unwary, have been accustomed to distort it so as to suit their own purposes, nevertheless so great is the difference between their depraved teachings and the most pure doctrine of Christ that none greater could exist …

            It seems a very powerful document indeed. Thanks a lot for the recommendation! And thanks be to God for the light that He has given to His faithful servants.

          • It is. The Leftists NEVER, repeat, NEVER quote it, only sticking to Rerum Novarum where they can find social ethics statements they can coopt and transform into pro-socialism positions.

            What is troubling, however, is the stunning lack of resistance to these efforts by our leadership.

  6. “…akin to the worst aspects of the Obama administration…” They are cut from the same cloth. It is all of a piece. No one needed John Podesta. It is accomplished.

  7. It really makes me wonder. This past July, I was looking up a 1987 Address to the Tribunal of the Roman Rota by Saint John Paul II. It is one of his clearest and most powerful addresses on “incapacity” (Canon 1095) the ground used by almost all tribunals over the last few decades to “nullify” almost every marriage that comes across their desks. He made it clear that the ground is over-used and incorrectly used. It was repeated in his 1988 address and Pope Benedict XVI spoke of it again in his 2010 address to the Roman Rota. Declarations of nullity would slow to a trickle if they applied this canon correctly, yet we have witnessed the truth over the years. Disobedience to their rightful authority–The Tribunal of the Roman Rota–and false compassion is how most of the US tribunals have operated. It has been said, and I agree, that most of the annulments are invalid. not the marriages. John Paul II made it crystal clear and Pope Benedict agreed. As I went to look it up, I noticed the English translation disappeared. I believe it was posted in three languages. Only the Italian is there now. I’m not sure if this was after the Synod or after the release of AL, but it seems to be cut off to those in the US who grant the highest number of annulments under this ground. If respondents in nullity cases had this availability, they would know how to defend their marriage. I have and many of those who are part of Bai MacFarlane’s Defending Marriage list have also. It is very fishy to me especially with the even greater liberality tribunals have been given in deciding annulment cases. It is another attack on marriage.

  8. I was just discussing this over the weekend with a friend about ‘Ecumenism’ and how its also damaging the Catholic church. I do not believe in it nor would I pray with someone other than my own Catholic faith. Since JP2 is when I noticed that he was praying w/pagans and Protestants, even saw him on Utube kissing the Koran! Even Pope Benedict XVI was involved in Ecumenism however, I credit him for openly promoting the Latin Mass. This Pope Francis has taken the ball and believes he’s going to take it all the way to the ‘end zone!’ He’s without a doubt, a very watered down liberal Pope and he’s taking the church downhill. I know that we Catholic’s must honor and respect the Chair of Peter but we do NOT have to follow Pope Francis’s example nor believe what he’s doing especially since he’s not speaking from the Chair of Peter, “or is he???” In that case, he’s an apostate and a heretic!

    • It’s impossible to speak error from the Chair of Peter… in either case, if he really believes the nonsense he spouts then yes, he’s an apostate and heretic. (Let it be noted that we have no reason to think he doesn’t believe his own drivel.)

  9. Oh boy, this is scary…we better get on this, Steve! Coz next thing ya know, they’ll be rigging Synods and publishing heterodox apostolic exhortations!!

    Seriously though, this is standard MO for communists and other wannabee tyrants. Remember how the Soviets would simply airbrush images to remove party members who’d fallen out of favor? Yeah……you get the picture.

  10. At the end of the day once something is posted on the internet and has spread there is no way of getting rid of it. If this is intentional then I’m not sure how they think that nobody will ever find out about Pius XI. I’m actually surprised they haven’t begun modifying past documents to reflect the current theology and practices. A bit of aggiornamento if you will.

  11. This is depressing. I used the Vatican website as one of my main sources to access papal documents for my graduate historical research for the popes from Bl. Pope Pius IX to Venerable Pope Pius XII. But I also used Papal Encyclicals Online

  12. Vatican turns Politburo, scours past for opposition to current policies. Following a meeting of his “truth” committee Pope Francis eliminated Pope Pius XI documents setting Traditional Catholic minded bloggers on warpath.
    One of the documents that may be at odds with current Vatican thinking is CASTI CONNUBII, On Christian Marriage. For a full list of Pius XI encyclicas see:

  13. Never attribute to malice what is often the result of stupidity and incompetence.
    Though in this case and in this pontificate I might leave the door open.
    ” Dies eius fiant pauci, et episcopatum eius accipiat alter.”

  14. Vix Pervenit is not on the Vatican website. I expect a future Vatican website to leave out Humanae Vitae, unless Providence intervenes.

    Liberals have learned the process, successfully carried out in the case of usury: first silence doctrinal condemnation of grave sin; then advance ‘pastoral’ accomodation while giving lip service to doctrine; finally, once everyone is at best confused, mostly don’t understand the doctrine anymore, and are ignorant about what it actually entails, memory hole the magisterial documents which state the doctrine with clarity and simplicity.

    • This is not the method of alinsky or progressives. It is the method of the dragon to mix lies with a part of the Truth.

      But they saw that it was noticed, perhaps?

      Still, the selection of missing documents seems an odd “coincidence” perhaps, in the way that Benedict said that there is no such thing as coincidence.

    • Kaboom!! There it is: “first silence doctrinal condemnation of grave sin…”

      This was not a “mistake”, it was a direct change in methodology.

      What did Pope John XXIII say in his opening address to V2?

      Here they are:

      “The Church has always opposed these errors, and often condemned them with the utmost severity. Today, however, Christ’s Bride prefers the balm of mercy to the arm of severity. She believes that, present needs are best served by explaining more fully the purport of her doctrines, rather than by publishing condemnations.”

      In my opinion, this passage embodies the single worst concept to be created at Vatican 2 and adopted afterwards. This novel philosophy establishes, in direct conflict with the Church’s method used beginning with Jesus Himself and continuing on till JXIII.

      Look at what the Church message is today and it oozes with this novel approach; “Affirm the Good and Do not Condemn the Bad”.

      And for it we have seen MUCH error sweep thru the ranks of the ordained and the leadership.

      This MUST be changed and we must return to the clarity of the perennial Tradition, where Truth is affirmed and Falsehood is condemned.

      Now we have religious indifferentism pouring at us from the Pope himself in defiance of centuries of papal teaching, all this while the prelates mill around in chaos and effeminate indecision. Indeed, the attempt to even define “New Evangelization” has failed and we are now told conversion is unnecessary, “proselytism” is wrong!

      This is one proselyte who disagrees.

      The people ask for bread and they are given stones. They ask for a fish and are given serpents.

  15. This is not the only document missing. I find it extremely curious that Pope Paul IV’s Papal Bull Cum ex Officio (which Pope Paul IV said he spoke/wrote Ex Cathedra on Faith and Morals) also cannot be found. I wonder why?

          • What is truly “imbecilic” these days anyhow?

            The truly sad part is that with the pervasive Masonic philosophy spewed out and promoted by various Cardinals and even in the words of the Pope, one might do well to check the texts just to be on the safe side. You know, before one copy/pastes a link to support a position from memory…

            CCC 675

      • Thanks for updating it Steve! Personally, I am just glad that the documents are back up because I love Pope Pius XI; a great champion of the rosary. Perhaps this post could be deleted to avoid any scandal? My guess is that the Vatican website had a glitch. After all, it isn’t the most “up-to-date” website…

    • Hmm, is it really missing? All versions that I’ve found in the internet seem to be the same and neither have the phrase of the formula of consecration: “into the light of God and of his kingdom” Is that article accurate or wrong?

  16. Thanks Steve, Your article encouraged me to look at his writings and by goodness Pope Puis XI’s works a rich, powerful, direct and beautiful.


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