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*Image: St. John Paul II by Natalia Tsarkova, 2016 [Church of Santa Maria del Popolo, Rome, Italy]

By Michael Pakaluk, The Catholic Thing, Feb. 16, 2022

Michael Pakaluk, an Aristotle scholar and Ordinarius of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas, is a professor in the Busch School of Business at the Catholic University of America. …

Michael PakalukI don’t deny the validity of Vatican II, of course, or its immense importance.  I’ve read every document and wholeheartedly affirm every line.  I’ve even read all the “post-conciliar” documents, and Karol Wojtyla’s Sources of Renewal besides.  I’ve written many essays and given many talks on the Council.  I’ve even made a fresh translation of one of its decrees.  You’d be hard-pressed to find ten Catholics who have studied the Council more thoroughly than I have (“not brag, just fact” – John Wayne).  And yet now I find myself wondering, increasingly every day, if the Council is not in some sense “spent.”

I will give you my upbeat reason first.  …