A Discalced Laity – Gaudium et Spes 22

Vatican II was a missionary Council. It was not a “modernizing” or “liberalizing” Council as the popular media, both then and now, would have us believe. Hans Kung had that wonderful hair, a fancy car, and was the darling, Swiss, wunderkind ever-ready to pronounce to a breathless and gullible media that the Catholic Church was, in essence, dissolving itself.  But his was not the voice of the Council as such.  Nor, in the other direction, was the Council inclined to engage in a pro forma reiteration of the categories of neo-scholastic “fortress Catholicism” with its security blanket syllogisms and woefully inadequate caricatures of modern philosophy.   Pope John XXIII thought the Council would last three months and be over by the end of the summer. All the schemata had been drawn up and the hope was the bishops would give it all a thumbs up and then dash off to Piazza della Rotonda for dinner and wine.  But this too was not the will of the Council.  

A Discalced Laity – Gaudium et Spes 22

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