Read Pius XI's encyclical on the Social Reign of Christ the King and the promulgation of the feast day that affirms this social doctrine.
On this day in 1925, Pope Pius XI published the encyclical, Quas Primas, which formally established the liturgical Feast of Christ the King on the last Sunday of October.
This document continues to be of crucial importance for our time, as it reiterates the Social Reign of Christ the King against the modernist error of religious liberty. As Pope Pius XI stated with these opening words:
In the first encyclical letter which We addressed at the beginning of Our Pontificate to the bishops of the universal Church, We referred to the chief causes of the difficulties under which mankind was laboring. And We remember saying that these manifold evils in the world were due to the fact that the majority of men had thrust Jesus Christ and his holy law out of their lives; that these had no place either in private affairs or in politics: and we said further, that as long as individuals and states refused to submit to the rule of our Savior, there would be no really hopeful prospect of a lasting peace among nations. Men must look for the peace of Christ in the Kingdom of Christ; and that We promised to do as far as lay in Our power.
In the Kingdom of Christ, that is, it seemed to Us that peace could not be more effectually restored nor fixed upon a firmer basis than through the restoration of the Empire of Our Lord. We were led in the meantime to indulge the hope of a brighter future at the sight of a more widespread and keener interest evinced in Christ and his Church, the one Source of Salvation, a sign that men who had formerly spurned the rule of our Redeemer and had exiled themselves from his kingdom were preparing, and even hastening, to return to the duty of obedience."
In addition to the reading the encyclical, we offer on the right-hand sidebar some further recommendations about the topic of the Social Reign of Christ the King.