synthesis of all heresiesby Pius X in his encyclical Pascendi (1907). Among the leaders of Catholic Modernism were A. F. Loisy in France and George Tyrrell in England. Vital to the Catholic movement were the adoption of the critical approach to the Bible, which was by that time accepted by most Protestant churches, and the rejection of the intellectualism of scholastic theology, with the corresponding subordination of doctrine to practice. Many modernists applied the pragmatic method to the sacraments, to dogma, and to prayer. They considered the sacraments to have no reality as a divinely ordained means of grace, but valuable only for their psychological effect. These tendencies led them naturally to deny the authority of the church and the traditional Christian conception of God a decree declared the beliefs heretical, ending Roman Catholic Modernism.
See M. Rancheti, The Catholic Modernists (tr. 1969) B. M. Reardon, comp., Roman Catholic Modernism (1970) A. R. Vidler, A Variety of Catholic Modernists (1970) W. R. Hutchison, The Modernist Impulse in American Protestantism (1976) G. Daly, Transcendence and Immanence: A Study in Catholic Modernism and Integralism (1980).
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