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The decree Lamentabili sane exitu des Sanctum Officium of July 3, 1907 , often also called Lamentabili for short , rejects 65 erroneous sentences (propositions) regarding the relationship between exegesis and magisterium , the inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible , the understanding of dogma , Christology , the doctrine of sacraments and Church foundation. The decree also became known as the Little Syllabus or the Syllabus Pius' X. , based on the collection Syllabus errorum with 80 modern errors, published by Pope Pius IX. in December 1864.

This decree is to be seen in the context of the measures against so-called modernism in the Catholic Church , in particular together with the encyclical Pascendi Pope Pius X from 1907 and the anti-modernist oath of 1910. The term modernism does not appear in the decree. It is essentially directed against the French exegete Alfred Loisy .

Examples of condemned heresies :

  • 2: The interpretation of the holy books given by the Church is not to be despised, but it is subject to more precise assessment and correction on the part of the exegetes.
  • 4: The Magisterium of the Church cannot determine the real meaning of the Holy Scriptures even through dogmatic decisions.
  • 35: Christ was not always conscious of his messianic dignity.
  • 64: Scientific progress demands that the conception of Christian doctrine of God, of creation, of revelation, of the person of the Incarnate Word , and of salvation, be reformed.


  • Claus Arnold: A Little History of Modernism . Herder, Freiburg 2007, pp. 89-105. ISBN 978-3-451-29106-7
  • Claus Arnold, Giacomo Losito: "Lamentabili sane exitu" (1907). Les documents préparatoires du Saint Office . (Fontes Archivi Sancti Officii Romani 6). Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Vatican City 2011. ISBN 978-88-209-8587-5
  • Alfred Loisy : Simples Réflexions sur le Décret du Saint-Office "Lamentabili sane exitu" et sur l'Encyclique "Pascendi dominici gregis". Ceffonds 1908

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