Never before perhaps, so much as on this occasion, has the Church felt the need to know, to draw near to, to understand, to penetrate, serve and evangelize the society in which she lives; and to get to grips with it, almost to run after it, in its rapid and continuous change. . . .
The Church of the council has been concerned with man as he really is today: living man, man all wrapped up in himself, man who makes himself...
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