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November 02, 2012

"Wisdom in the Wake of liberte"

From Jeffrey Smith, a good read at First Things.  Smith reviews the late Cambridge scholar Emile Perreau-Saussine's final book Catholicism and Democracy, which "advances the thesis that the French Revolution determined the outcomes of both Vatican I (1869-1870) and Vatican II (1962-1965), and that 'the adaptation of the church to the democratic world order came in two stages, at the two councils.'”

Posted by Rick Garnett on November 2, 2012 at 10:22 AM in Garnett, Rick | Permalink

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While it may be true that The French Revolution impacted the outcomes of both Vatican I and Vatican II, to claim that "the adaption of the church to the democratic world order came in two stages, at two councils", would be a rupture, not a continuation of what The Church has always taught. We cannot transform The Word of God, The Word of God transforms us. If we are to challenge the issues of this day, we must always do so in the light of our Catholic Faith.

Posted by: N.D. | Nov 2, 2012 12:21:36 PM

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