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Cdl. Ottaviani’s Revenge?

On June 30, 1962 the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (then called the Holy Office) issued a monitum against Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s writings. Cardinal Ottaviani was the Prefect of the Holy Office at that time. It was Cdl. Ottaviani, (and his ideas?), who was, basically, pushed aside during Vatican II in favor of those who were influenced by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Whose influence can be seen in Gaudium et Spes.

A few questions arise: 1. How does someone whose writings have been prohibited end up in a Pastoral Constitution of Vatican II? and 2. Does the fact they have been prohibited invalidate Gaudium et Spes in its entirety or portions, thereof? 3. Was it Cardinal Ottaviani’s intent to invalidate the documents or simply to slow the spread of ideas which would imperil the souls of faithful Catholics or both?

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