Tosday, we move from the Preface to the Introduction of the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, which will cover our reading through the middle of next week when we get to Part I.
To be more precise, article 4 begins the “Introductory Statement on the Situation of Men in the Modern World.” In looking at article 4’s synopsis of where we are in our modern world, it is easy to imagine that those words were written today rather that almost 50 years ago. Here is one excerpt:
Today, the human race is involved in a new stage of history. Profound and rapid changes are spreading by degrees around the whole world. Triggered by the intelligence and creative energies of man, these changes recoil upon him, upon his decisions and desires, both individual and collective, and upon his manner of thinking and acting with respect to things and to people. Hence we can already speak of a true cultural and social transformation, one which has repercussions on man’s religious life as well.
No footnotes today.