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FORBIDDING TRAFFIC IN ALMS

Quanta Cura

Encyclical of Pope Benedict XIV

promulgated on June 30, 1741.

To the Venerable Brothers, the Primates,
the Metropolitans, the Archbishops,  and
all  the  Bishops  who  are in Communion
with the Holy See.

Venerable   Brothers,   Greetings    and
Apostolic Benediction.

There  is  no Catholic who does not know
the care required  to  ensure  that  the
Holy  Sacrifice  of the Mass is not only
celebrated  with   due   reverence   and
veneration,  but also that all semblance
of payment of any kind is  removed  from
the  dignity  of  such a sacrifice: both
the base demand-rather than  request-for
alms  and  other similar practices which
are not far  removed  from  the  sin  of
simony   or   at  least  from  dishonest
profit.

It is true that the avarice-which is the
bondage  of idolatry-of many clerics and
laymen has  already  progressed  to  the
point that they collect alms or stipends
for the celebration of the  Mass.  These
have been prescribed by local customs or
sanctions of the diocesan synods for the
maintenance  of  the  priests. They then
take  this  money  and  have  the   Mass
celebrated  elsewhere, where the alms or
stipends given for each Mass  are  lower
than  would be given there where the fee
was received.

2.  Everyone  clearly  understands   how
foreign  this  is  to  the  expressed or
silent desire of  those  who  give  alms
piously.   Nor   is   it  to  be  judged
otherwise.  Everyone  desires  that  the
Masses  be celebrated in the church upon
which he bestowed alms or in which he is
buried,  rather  than in another church,
which may be  unfamiliar  to  him.  Such
frustration  of  the  intentions  of the
faithful is motivated by the desire  for
base  profit, just as is the case in the
conduct of trade. Accordingly, it is not
immune  to  the suspicion of avarice and
vice, even of theft, whence  it  may  be
subject  to  restitution. Thus many good
people, gravely offended by the news  of
such  business,  abstain  from  offering
more alms for the celebration of Masses.

3. The Roman Pontiffs, Our predecessors,
detested   this   lethal   abuse   which
gradually insinuated  itself.  For  this
reason  they  wanted  a decree both from
the Congregation of the Cardinals of the
Universal  Inquisition of the Holy Roman
Church and from the Congregation of  the
Cardinals Interpreters of the Council of
Trent against the  heretical  depravity.
This  decree  stated  that  if  a priest
received a stipend or alms of a  certain
value for the celebration of the Mass, a
lesser fee must not be paid  to  another
priest for celebrating such a Mass. This
holds even if the first priest  were  to
inform the second that he had received a
stipend or alms of  greater  value,  and
the second priest were willing to accept
the lower fee.

4. For this reason, Venerable  Brothers,
We  ask  and  exhort  you  who share Our
concerns and are associated with  Us  in
the  apostolic  ministry  to  keep watch
over your flocks.  Exert  yourselves  so
that this disease may spread no further,
but rather may be  entirely  eradicated.
Avarice  is  the  root of all evil. Some
people who chased after it have  strayed
from  the  faith  and  have brought upon
themselves many  sorrows.  There  is  no
greater  pestilence  than avarice, which
corrupts the opinion of priestly dignity
and   perfection   and   casts  it  out.
Avarice, which teaches people to  esteem
God   less  than  riches  and  to  serve
Mammon, causes the greedy to lose  their
inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and
of God. If this can hardly be  tolerated
among laymen and should be restrained by
law, what about churchmen who have  sent
forth  this  message in earthly matters,
who have been called to share  the  work
of  the  Lord,  and  who  have delivered
themselves up to the  Lord?  What  about
those  who,  with contempt for holy laws
and  with  disdain  for   the   priestly
character,  are led astray into avarice,
not through worldly profits, but through
the   ministry   of  the  altar?  Strive
therefore, Venerable Brothers,  to  whom
the care of Christ's flock is entrusted,
not only to  shine  forth  in  word  and
example so that you may be an ambassador
of Christ in every place and the  people
may  follow  in your footsteps, but also
to teach both the clergy and  the  laity
to  shun pastures poisoned with vice and
to run to the heavenly fold.

5.  Since  by  the   fear   of   present
punishment    there   may   be   readier
compliance with salutary warnings,  make
the following pronouncement known in all
your dioceses. If anyone  collects  alms
or  stipends  for the celebration of the
Mass at the level which the  customs  of
the  place  or synodical statutes demand
and keeps part of this fee for  himself,
causing the Mass to be celebrated either
there or elsewhere where lower fees  are
paid  for celebrating Masses, he will be
punished. A lay  person  who  does  this
will  automatically incur the penalty of
excommunication in addition to the other
penalties   which   you   might   invoke
according to your decision.  The  cleric
will  automatically incur the penalty of
suspension,  from  which  no   one   can
absolve  except  Ourselves  or the Roman
Pontiff ruling at the time, unless there
is danger of death. We trust in the Lord
that each one, mindful of his condition,
wilt not belittle such salutary laws and
ecclesiastical censures.  Meanwhile,  We
lovingly  impart  Our apostolic blessing
on your brotherhood and  on  the  people
entrusted to your care.

6. We also wish that the same confidence
be placed in copies of this  letter-even
printed   ones-which  are  signed  by  a
notary public and guaranteed by the seal
of  an ecclesiastical official, as would
be placed in the original letter  if  it
were displayed or shown.

Given  in  Rome  at St. Mary Major under
the  ring  of  the  fisherman   on   the
thirtieth  day of June in the year 1741,
the first year of Our  pontificate.


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