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The name given since the Second Vatican Council by spokesmen for a radically changed Catholic Christianity. Its main features are a man-centered religion, preoccupation with the present world, stress on the Bible to the exclusion of revealed tradition, a classless Church in which the hierarchy under the Pope does not have binding authority to teach and govern the people, and a Church whose purpose is to serve the world and humanity's social needs, with such an emphasis on Christ's humanity as to overshadow to the point of denying his divinity.