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Jesuit journal: Vatican II was not a radical break

January 04, 2013

A forthcoming article in the authoritative Jesuit journal Civilta Cattolica argues that Pope Benedict XVI is working to preserve the authentic legacy of Vatican II, and to eliminate the perception that the Council marked a radical break in Church teaching.

The article by Father Enrico Cattaneo, SJ, says that the damages often attributed to Vatican II have actually been caused by a crisis of faith. It is this crisis, the author argues, that Pope Benedict has attacked by declaring a Year of Faith.

The crisis in Catholicism after Vatican II, Father Cattaneo writes, was aggravated by “the unspoken alliance of the lay press and dissident Catholics,” who worked together to undermine the authority of Church teachings.

Articles in Civilta Cattolica articles are accorded special weight by Vatican-watchers because the magazine’s contents are reviewed in advance by the Secretariat of State.


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  • Posted by: Savonarola - Jan. 05, 2013 12:46 PM ET USA

    Good comment. For example, the Vatican II documents are loaded with references to the Council of Trent. There is no radical break.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jan. 04, 2013 6:01 PM ET USA

    even a casual reading of the documents shows this. Not even the SSPX folks can prove a radical break.