RORATE CÆLI: The Council and the Eclipse of God by Don Pietro Leone: CHAPTER 10 (Part 6b). III. FEATURES OF THE TEXTS INFLUENTIAL FOR PROMOTING THE COUNCIL’S WORK (continued): 4. Novelty; 5.Deceit;

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We observed above that the Council’s mandate was from the very beginning presented as an aggiornamento, or bringing up-to-date, of the Catholic Church, and we have seen an explicit example of this in the section on religious reform. The same intent, as we also mentioned above, is expressed by the use of the phrase ‘signs of the time’ (and ‘our times’), which originates in the attack on Antimodernism: ‘Une école de théologie, le Saulchoir’ condemned by the Church. 

Novelty, supposed, in accord with the Council’s advocacy of the optimistic principle of evolution, to be good in itself, is a typical ideal of the World: of purely natural associations or companies seeking permanently to provide new products or to improve old products and images [1] for the sake of gain; it corresponds to the erroneous image of the Church that we have noted in earlier chapters as a purely natural institution in a state of flux, and in need of constant reformation [2], although, as Romano Amerio says, there is nothing new in the Catholic Church except for Grace. 

To attempt to propose a new doctrine to the faithful for belief is an enterprise entirely vain and otiose, by reason of the fact that the Faith in all its articles is immutable and True. Inasmuch as an article is immutable it cannot be renovated; and even if per impossibile it could be renovated, then, inasmuch as the Faith is True, the new doctrine would be false.

RORATE CÆLI: The Council and the Eclipse of God by Don Pietro Leone: CHAPTER 10 (Part 6b). III. FEATURES OF THE TEXTS INFLUENTIAL FOR PROMOTING THE COUNCIL’S WORK (continued): 4. Novelty; 5.Deceit;

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