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Chapter I: The Crisis

  1. Methodological and linguistic definitions.
  2. Denial of the crisis.
  3. The error of secondary Christianity.
  4. The crisis as failure to adapt.
  5. Adapting the Church's contradiction of the world.
  6. Further denial of the crisis.
  7. The Pope recognizes the loss of direction.
  8. Pseudo-positivity of the crisis. False philosophy of religion.
  9. Further admissions of a crisis.
  10. Positive interpretation of the crisis. False philosophy of religion.
  11. Further false philosophy of religion.

Chapter II: Historical Sketch: The Crises Of The Church

  1. The crises of the Church: Jerusalem (50 A.D.).
  2. The Nicene crisis (325 A.D.).
  3. The deviations of the Middle Ages.
  4. The crisis of the Lutheran secession. The breadth of the Christian ideal.
  5. Further breadth of the Christian ideal. Its limits.
  6. The denial of the Catholic principle in Lutheran doctrine.
  7. Luther's heresy, continued. The bull Exsurge Domine.
  8. The principle of independence and abuses in die Church.
  9. Why casuistry did not create a crisis in the Church.
  10. The revolution in France.
  11. The principle of independence. The Auctorem Fidei.
  12. The crisis of the Church during the French Revolution.
  13. The Syllabus of Pius IX.
  14. The spirit of the age. Alexander Manzoni.
  15. The modernist crisis. The second Syllabus.
  16. The pre-conciliar crisis and the third Syllabus.
  17. Humani Generis (1950).

CHAPTER III: The Preparation of The Council

  1. The Second Vatican Council. Its preparation.
  2. Paradoxical outcome of the Council.
  3. Paradoxical outcome of the Council, continued. The Roman Synod.
  4. Paradoxical outcome of the Council, continued. Veterum Sapientia.
  5. The aims of the First Vatican Council.
  6. The aims of Vatican II. Pastorality.
  7. Expectations concerning the Council.
  8. Cardinal Montini’s forecasts. His minimalism.
  9. Catastrophal predictions.

CHAPTER IV: The Course of The Council

  1. The opening address. Antagonism with the world. Freedom of the Church.
  2. The opening speech. Ambiguities of text and meaning.
  3. The opening speech. A new attitude towards error.
  4. Rejection of the council preparations. The breaking of the council rules.
  5. The breaking of the Council’s legal framework, continued.
  6. Consequences of breaking the legal framework. Whether there was a conspiracy.
  7. Papal action at Vatican II. The Notapraevia.
  8. Further papal action at Vatican II. Interventions on mariological doctrine. On missions. On the moral law of marriage.
  9. Synthesis of the council in the closing speech of the fourth session. Comparison with St. Pius X. Church and world.

CHAPTER V: The Post-Conciliar Period

  1. Leaving the Council behind. The spirit of the Council.
  2. Leaving the Council behind. Ambiguous character of the conciliar texts. 
  3. Novel hermeneutic of the Council. Semantic change. The word “dialogue.”
  4. Novel hermeneutic of the Council, continued. “Circiterisms.” Use of the conjunction “but.” Deepening understanding.
  5. Features of the post-conciliar period. The universality of the change.
  6. The post-conciliar period, continued. The New Man. Gaudium et Spes 30. Depth of the change.
  7. Impossibility of radical change in the Church.
  8. The impossibility of radical newness, continued.
  9. The denigration of the historical Church. 
  10. Critique of the denigration of the Church.
  11. False view of the early Church.

CHAPTER VI: The Post-Conciliar Church, Paul VI

  1. Sanctity of the Church. An apologetical principle.
  2. The catholicity of the Church. Objection. The Church as a principle of division. Paul VI.
  3. The unity of the post-conciliar Church.
  4. The Church disunited in the hierarchy.
  5. The Church disunited over Humanae Vitae.
  6. The Church disunited concerning the encyclical, continued.
  7. The Dutch schism.
  8. The renunciation of authority. A confidence of Paul VI.
  9. An historic parallel. Paul VI and Pius DC
  10. Government and authority.
  11. The renunciation of authority, continued. The affair of the French catechism.
  12. Character of Paul VI. Self-portrait. Cardinal Gut.
  13. Yes and no in the post-conciliar Church.
  14. The renunciation of authority, continued. The reform of the Holy Office.
  15. Critique of the reform of the Holy Office.
  16. Change in the Roman Curia. Lack of precision.
  17. Change in the Roman Curia, continued. Cultural inadequacies.
  18. The Church’s renunciation in its relations with states.
  19. The revision of the concordat, continued.
  20. The Church of Paul VI. His speeches of September 1974.
  21. Paul VI’s unrealistic moments.

CHAPTER VII: The Crisis of the Priesthood

  1. The defection of priests.
  2. The canonical legitimation of priestly defections.
  3. Attempts to reform the Catholic priesthood.
  4. Critique of the critique of the Catholic priesthood. Don Mazzolari.
  5. Universal priesthood and ordained priesthood.
  6. Critique of the saying “a priest is a man like other men."

CHAPTER XV: Pyrrhonism

  1. Theological setting of the argument.
  2. Pyrrhonism in the Church. Cardinals Léger, Heenan, Alfrink and Suenens.
  3. The discounting of reason. Sullivan. Innovators’ rejection of certainty.
  4. The discounting of reason, continued. The Padua theologians. The Ariccia theologians. Manchesson.


  1. Dialogue and discussionism in the post-conciliar Church. Dialogue in Ecclesiam Suam.
  2. Philosophy of dialogue.
  3. Appropriateness of dialogue.
  4. The end of dialogue. Paul VI. The Secretariat for Non-Believers.
  5. Whether dialogue is always an enrichment.
  6. Catholic dialogue.



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