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Stephen said in July 15th, 2021 at 2:43 pm

The dynamic of Vatican centralization continuing after both Vatican I and Vatican II despite the huge differences in the rhetoric (as well as substance) of each council, as illustrated in the “First Things” article, reminds me of Tocqueville’s analysis of French history in “The Old Regime and the Revolution”: despite the radical change and the bloody upheavals associated with the transition from monarchy to republic, centralization always continued unabated.

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