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A Quest For Integrity?

The pontificate of Pope John Paul II, however, brought with it a renewed emphasis on traditional European Catholicism, and with it a reluctance to relinquish the certainties of faith, primarily those doctrines that were formulated in scholastic terminology. The revision of the Code of Canon Law, already begun in the 1970s, was amended to include more of the thinking that had gone into the 1917 code. Encouraged by the Vatican’s renewed traditionalism, some conservative bishops proposed a new edition of the Roman Catechism, the first systematic rewriting of Catholic beliefs since 1566, in the hope that a clear and comprehensive statement of doctrine would slow what they saw as a dilution of the faith by multicultural forces.

The 1983 Code and the 1994 Catechism did not live up to the restorationist hopes of the most ardent integralists, as those who wished to restore the integrity of the Catholic faith styled themselves, but they did to a large extent retain the scholastic expression of traditional doctrine.

Joseph Martos, Deconstructing Sacramental Theology and Reconstructing Catholic Ritual (Eugene, OR: Resource Publications, 2015), pp. 31-32. ISBN: 978-1-4982-2179-5.

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