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A monitum is a warning issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to an errant cleric, who is in danger of receiving an additional penalty.

Notable cases[edit]

Teilhard de Chardin[edit]

The writings, not named but described as "gaining a good deal of success", including some published posthumously, of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin were the subject of a monitum by the Holy Office in June 1962, seven years after Teilhard's death.[1]

Rómulo Antonio Braschi[edit]

On June 29, 2002, Rómulo Antonio Braschi, the founder of a schismatic community, attempted to confer priestly ordination on the following Catholic women: Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger, Adelinde Theresia Roitinger, Gisela Forster, Iris Müller, Ida Raming, Pia Brunner and Angela White.[2]

Hans Küng[edit]

In 1975, the CDF issued a monitum against certain of Hans Küng's writings.[3]

Form criticism[edit]

In 1961, the Holy Office issued a monitum against the use of form criticism in Catholic scriptural interpretation.[4]

Vernacular publications of the Bible[edit]

In 1856, a monitum was published under Pope Pius IX which re-iterated the ban on publishing vernacular editions of the Bible which had not been approved by the Pope or the competent church authority.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ O'Connell, Gerard (21 November 2017). "Will Pope Francis remove the Vatican's 'warning' from Teilhard de Chardin's writings?". America. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  2. ^ Monitum regarding the attempted priestly ordination of some Catholic women
  3. ^ Cracking Down on the Big Ones
  4. ^ The Bible: The Catholic Scholars
  5. ^ Correspondence on the Hereford Discussion