Excerpt from The Pope and the Council
We have written under a deep sense of anxiety in presence of a serious danger, threatening primarily the internal condition of the Catholic Church, and then as is inevitable with what affects a corporation includ ing 180 millions of men - destined to assume vaster dimensions, and take the shape of a great social pro blem, which cannot be without its inﬂuence on eccle siastical communities and nations outside the Catholic Church.
This danger does not date from yesterday, and did not begin with the proclamation of the Council. For some twenty-four years the reactionary movement in the Catholic Church, which is now swollen to a mighty torrent, has been manifesting itself, and now it is pre paring, like an advancing ﬂood-tide, to take possession of the whole organic life of the Church by means of this Council.
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