Every line of inquiry proceeds from a set of axioms, and the inquiry to be conducted on this blog is no exception. I have four general principles which will guide my inquiry into the Second Vatican Council. They are as follows:
- The Second Vatican Council was primarily concerned with tactics, not doctrines, and its formulations (to the extent they do not simply repeat previously-defined teachings) may therefore be regarded as open to continuing discussion.
- To the extent the Council dealt with doctrine at all, it is able to be reconciled with Tradition.
- To the extent the Council dealt with prudential calculations, it failed in its endeavor to make the faith intelligible to the modern world. (Nearly everyone outside the EWTN / Catholic Answers thought bubble agrees).
- The reason the Council failed is because it misjudged modernity as orthogonal to , rather than diametrically opposed. The modernity to which the Church tried to reconcile itself isn’t just accidentally , it’s positively deranged.