When Pope Pius IX Defined Infallibility Lightning Flashed on The Words: “Thou Art Peter and Upon this Rock I shall build My Church” The People were in awe!

On July 18, 1870, despite the overwhelming, hysterical and desperate protest in the press all over the world, the Dogmatic Constitution Pastor Aeternus,  defining the infallibility of the Pope, was adopted.  On that day, the Holy Father, Pope Pius IX, solemnly defined with the words of infallibility, which are explained in the following:

“Faithfully adhering to the tradition received from the beginning of the Christian faith, for the glory of God our Saviour, the exaltation of the Catholic religion, and the salvation of the Christian people … the sacred Council approving … we teach and define that it is a dogma divinely revealed: that the Roman Pontiff, when he speaks ex cathedra – that is, when in the discharge of the office of pastor and teacher of all Christians, by virtue of his supreme Apostolic authority, he defines a doctrine regarding faith or morals to be held by the Universal Church – is, by the divine assistance promised him in Blessed Peter, possessed of that infallibility with which the Divine Redeemer willed that His Church should be endowed for defining doctrine regarding faith or morals;  and that, therefore, such definitions of the Roman Pontiff are ireformable of themselves and not from the consent of the Church.

A violent thunderstorm, threatening since early morning, broke over Rome just as the voting on the doctrine began.  For an hour and a half, peals of thunder shook the vast basilica, and flashes of lightning lit up the faces of the Fathers as each rose, in his turn, to give his assent. The altar appeared out of the pitch darkness as the lightning lingered on it.

download 17.jpg  The people were filled with awe as Our Lord’s words to Saint Peter,  ” Thou art Peter, and upon this Rock I shall build My Church” … which were inscribed on the dome … suddenly stood out clearly for all to read.  To many present it recalled the thunders which rolled and the lightnings which flashed around Sinai, while Moses within the storm cloud on the mountain top received the law from the eternal God.




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Freemasonry in the Life and Times of Pope Pius IX                                                                        Father Leonard Feeney


The Immaculate Conception Defined by Pope Pius IX

On December 8, 1854, having spent all of his holy life – his boyhood, his priesthood, as Bishop, Cardinal and Pope – at the feet of the Mother of God, John Mary Mastai Ferretti,  Pope Pius IX,  having deeply considered also in his exile at Gaeta the earnest petitions of Catholics all over the world in its behalf,  defined ex cathedra the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Under a blue Roman sky, before one hundred and seventy Bishops and numerous pilgrims from the ends of the earth, he proclaimed the defining words.

The voice of the Sovereign Pontiff broke and tears filled his eyes as he paused before uttering the infallible words:download 3.jpg

We declare, pronounce and define that the doctrine which holds that the Blessed Virgin Mary, at the first instant of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace of the Omnipotent God, in virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of mankind, was preserved immaculate from all stain of original sin. This has been revealed by God.   Therefore it should firmly and constantly be believed by all the faithful. ”           images 9.jpg                         

As the Holy Father finished speaking, the cannon of the Castle of Sant’Angelo boomed and the bells of the basillicas and churches of Rome rang out proclaiming the glorious news which ushered in ‘The Age of Mary’9f9fe53b034b017fc62ed2705c325a74.jpg


O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.”         .