Feast of Pierre Batiffol (January 27)   Leave a comment

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PIERRE BATIFFOL (JANUARY 27, 1861-JANUARY 13, 1929)

French Roman Catholic Priest, Historian, and Scholar

Father Pierre Batiffol was a Christian scholar.  He, born in Toulousse, France, on January 27, 1861, studied at Saint-Surplice seminary, Paris.  Our saint, ordained to the priesthood in 1884, continued his studies at the Institut Catholique, Paris, then at the École des Hautes Études, before studying archaeology in Rome (1887-1889).  Batiffol applied strict historical scrutiny to any scriptural codex he studied and to the history of dogma.  Batiffol and friend Marie-Joseph Lagrange (1855-1938), both modernists, founded the journal Revue Biblique in 1892.  Their preferred method of scriptural exegesis was historical-critical.  Batiffol, lecturer at the École Sainte-Barbe, Paris, from 1889 to 1898, became the leader of the Institut Catholique, Toulouse, in 1898.  Pope Pius X’s anti-modernist encyclical of 1907 triggerred Batiffol’s removal from Toulousse.  The Church placed our saint’s book on the Holy Eucharist on the Index of Forbidden Books.  Batiffol returned to the École Sainte-Barbe as a lecturer, the post he held for the last 22 years of his life.  Our saint, aged 69 years, died in Paris on January 13, 1929.

Batiffol would have loved Vatican II.

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

SEPTEMBER 1, 2019 COMMON ERA

PROPER 17:  THE TWELFTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST, YEAR C

THE FEAST OF SAINT DIONYSIUS EXIGUUS, ROMAN CATHOLIC MONK AND REFORMER OF THE CALENDAR

THE FEAST OF DAVID PENDLETON OAKERHATER, CHEYENNE WARRIOR, CHIEF, AND HOLY MAN, AND EPISCOPAL DEACON AND MISSIONARY IN OKLAHOMA

THE FEAST OF SAINT FIACRE, ROMAN CATHOLIC HERMIT

THE FEAST OF FRANÇOIS MAURIAC, FRENCH ROMAN CATHOLIC NOVELIST, CHRISTIAN HUMANIST, AND SOCIAL CRITIC

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O God, you have endowed us with memory, reason, and skill.

We thank you for the faithful legacy of [Pierre Batiffol and all others]

who have dedicated their lives to you and to the intellectual pursuits.

May we, like them, respect your gift of intelligence fully and to your glory.

In the Name of God:  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Psalm 103

Philippians 4:8-9

Mark 12:28-34

KENNETH RANDOLPH TAYLOR

MARCH 6, 2013 COMMON ERA

THE FEAST OF SAINT CHRODEGANG OF METZ, ROMAN CATHOLIC BISHOP

THE FEAST OF EDMUND KING, ANGLICAN BISHOP OF LINCOLN

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