The "New Orientation"
of the Church
The Motive Takes Hold
Around 1948, Pope Pius XII, at the request of the staunchly orthodox Cardinal Ruffini, considered calling a general Council and even spent a few years making the necessary preparations. There is evidence that progressive elements in Rome eventually dissuaded Pius XII from bringing it to realization since this Council showed definite signs of being in line with Humani Generis and its condemnation of Modernist errors. Like this great 1950 encyclical, the proposed Council of Pius XII would combat “false opinions which threaten to undermine the foundations of Catholic doctrine.”
At the same time, the “errors of Russia” to which the Virgin of Fatima referred were penetrating the Church Herself. Various Catholic religious orders were being infiltrated...