Our Lord Jesus Christ Willed to Be Born a Noble; He Himself Loved the Aristocracy

January 28, 2013

From the allocution of Pius IX to the Roman Patriciate and Nobility on December 29, 1872:

Jesus Christ Himself loved aristocracy; and if I am not mistaken, I expounded upon this idea on another occasion. He too chose to be of noble birth, of the House of David; and His Gospel shows us His family tree down to Joseph and Mary, “de qua natus est Jesus.”

Aristocracy, nobility, therefore, is a gift from God. Preserve it diligently, and use it worthily. You do so already with Christian and charitable works, to which you devote yourselves to the great edification of your fellows and to the great advantage of your souls.



Discorsi del Sommo Pontefice Pio IX (Rome: Tipografia di G. Aureli, 1872), Vol. 2, p. 148 in Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira, Nobility and Analogous Traditional Elites in the Allocutions of Pius XII: A Theme Illuminating American Social History (York, Penn.: The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property, 1993), Documents IV, p. 469.


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  • Unfortunately pearl87 is only displaying what is common of modern leftist Christians. The leftist church only picks the doctrines where support for modern secular values can be supported, discarding subtle clues as unnecessary details (and simply ignoring the not-so-subtle ones that disagree with their values). Yet if they were to repent and humble themselves, they may find the subtle, quiet truths do not pronounce themselves or advertise. Indeed, our God is a hidden God who reveals Himself to those who seek him.

    "If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God."

    May God open your heart and mind to His Word.

  • Juan Angel Trigo

    Nobility is a thing of heart, of how close you are to Jesus, our Lord. Jesus is the most humble among the humble, also the greatest. The nobility greatness or superiority that is presented in nobility is not good, rather a mental confusion of being unworthy.

    • RaymondDrake

      Juan Angel, the nobility being discussed in this post is not "nobility of virtue," important as this is, but rather "nobility of blood." In other words, by nobility is meant the biological descent from a distinguished and ancient lineage. In Our Lord's case, it was a royal lineage, the House of David.
      And what Pope Pius IX, and many other Popes, Saints and Doctors of the Church point out, is that when planning the Incarnation of the Word, God willed that He descend from royal stock. Accordingly, Our Lord is a prince of the House of David. True, the House of David had lost the throne long before, but the royal line continued, and Jesus was its scion.
      We must adore the Divine Will in desiring things to be this way, and, through reflection, try to outline and love God's underlying reasons.

  • Marcus Loidolt

    I think, perhaps, the middle ground between the two points is needed. YES, Jesus was incarnate of the Royal House of David, and as such would be considered Royal and Noble. That said He also chose to humble that status by the nature and place of his birth, not in a palace or even middle class comfort, but in a stable, a cave, among the most destitute of the world. Hence He encompasses BOTH and ALL ranks of humanity…not just the High, but especially the Low….If He had been just one class, He would have ignored the other, He HAD to be both in order to be Everything to Everybody!

    • Nobility does not ignore lower classes, or castes, but leads them. Your understanding of class, based only on material wealth, is a very recent invention and a product of Capitalism / Communism. While wealth is often associated with Nobility, it does not create Nobility. Christ demonstrates the greatest of Nobility, the greatest person to ever live, is completely independent and superior to that wealth.

      Material wealth is infinitely inferior to spiritual greatness. At the same time, if Christ were to return to rule the world as a divine King, he would have all of the world's wealth at his disposal in order to manage material wealth – yet clearly we would not say Christ's Kingship is based on is wealth! That is ludicrous.

    • RaymondDrake

      This is the point. Our Lord wanted to be a prince, but at the same time destitute, thus uniting in His Person, both extremes of the social spectrum: the noble and the poor.
      He wanted both prince and pauper to be able to say truthfully, "Wherefore it behooved him in all things to be made like unto his brethren, that he might become a merciful and faithful priest before God, that he might be a propitiation for the sins of the people" (Heb. 2:17).

  • Mr. T.american

    I'm not sure where to start pearl87. You had better get used to the idea of rank because even Jesus said that of all men John the baptist was the greatest , but even the least in heaven will be greater than him. Can you wrap your democratic mind around that? The feast of Christ the King has helped me. I suggest you start praying and contemplating this concept. God bless you.

  • pearl87

    I think you have misunderstood scripture in that David, himself, was born a mere shepherd. Do you not understand? God came to earth, born in a STABLE to show how insignificant is human respect. All humanity is descended from Adam. Are we not brothers? How is it that you fixate, like groupies, on so-called nobility, on the notion that certain individuals are born superior? From this misguided idea, humanity has suffered untold pain and injustice. No one is more noble than the person who serves the Lord in truth and simplicity.

    • You are misunderstanding the doctrine. Christ's birth shows that His nobility does not rely on outward appearances or materialism.

      "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth."

      Also see C.S. Lewis on this matter:

      "When equality is treated not as a medicine or a safety-gadget but as an ideal we begin to breed that stunted and envious sort of mind which hates all superiority. That mind is the special disease of democracy, as cruelty and servility are the special diseases of privileged societies. It will kill us all if it grows unchecked."

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