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Quote of the Week

September 20, 2006

“When one reads the luminous encyclical Ecclesiam Suam of Pope Paul VI or the magnificent “Dogmatic Constitution on the Church” of the Fathers of the Council, one cannot but realize the greatness of the Second Vatican Council.”

“But whereas the renewal of former Councils stressed the fight against secularizing influences that took the form of general laxity, Vatican II sought a liberation from secularization in the form of narrowness, a rejuvenation intended to overcome a certain ossification and legalism that have tended to obscure the authentic face of the Church.”

“This is a new dimension of renewal. However, we must emphasize that it implies neither a diminishing nor the slightest blurring of the radical antagonism that exists between the Church and the saeculum, the Spirit of Christ and the spirit of the world.”

Dietrich von Hildebrand, Trojan Horse in the City of God


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