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[...] there is the relationship between center and periphery that can be appreciated only through a historical view of, but not the "fundamentalist" or positivist approach to, conciliar documents. O'M. rightfully distances himself from some current criticism against the council's alleged historical hermeneutics when he affirms that its spirit was a spirit that, neither in the 1960s nor today, concede much to our contemporary Zeitgeist: in a world increasingly wracked with discord, hatred, war, and threats of war, the result was a message that was counter-cultural while at the same time responsive to the deepest human yearnings.
WHAT HAPPENED AT VATICAN II Massimo Faggioli Theological Studies; Mar 2009; 70, 1; Docstoc pg. 218 Reproduced with permission of
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