fifty years ago, the Council
“ A religion that believes that all the others are allowed is not a religion but a mockery of religious worship, because it makes the divinity into an idol to which the same homage is paid. ” (Fr. des Genettes, parish priest of Our Lady of Victories)
To reform the Church in order to open it up to the World, to help in the construction of a new world, based on freedom of conscience, the equality of religions and the brotherhood of religions, such was Vatican II’s plan.
Unanimity was to be a substitute for infallibility. Since infallibility was imposed, however, the Council ought to have compelled to respect the rules that concern it: for a proposition to be endowed with this character, that is to say for it to enter the “ ordinary ” domain of the Catholic Faith, it has to belong to the deposit received from the Apostles and to have been upheld constantly down to us, or at least never to have been opposed.
After inaugurating a new pastoral outlook, “a new way of living, acting and thinking” (Paul VI), the Church would no longer fear opening itself to all men, to all religions, to all cultures, with a view to universal reconciliation. When the Church became the world’s servant, she changed Masters.