To quote and repeat from a different translation: “Instead, science gives us criticism and doubt. Scientists are those who more thoughtfully and painfully exert their minds. But they end up teaching us: ‘I don’t know; we don’t know; we cannot know.’ The school becomes the gymnasium of confusion and sometimes absurd contradictions.”
This denial of the supernatural — the “state of uncertainty” — was now holding sway in the Church, lamented the pontiff in his talk (the entire text of which never made it into the Vatican record).
“The denial of the supernatural.”+
Fast-forward to another in the series of “1990” that in 2004, among other things, warned: “Heed this too. The politics of denial will be struck as with a plague.”+
To further quote Pope Paul VI: “There was the belief that after the Council there would be a day of sunshine for the history of the Church. Instead, it is the arrival of a day of clouds, of tempest, of darkness, of research, of uncertainty” [our italics].+
Instead of faith, there was now skepticism. Instead of exorcism, there was psychology. Nothing was accepted unless it could meet the narrow protocol of a laboratory. When Vatican II opened the windows of the Church, it was looking to the sunshine of deep past Christian faith — but instead science and its philosophy of doubt was allowed, like dark smoke, to enter.+
“How has this come about?” said the summary of his remarks. “The Pope entrusts one of his thoughts to those who are present: that there has been an intervention of an adverse power. Its name is the devil, this mysterious being that the Letter of St. Paul refers to.” Observed the Holy Father: “We believe that something preternatural has come into the world precisely to disturb, to suffocate the fruits of the Ecumenical Council, and to impede the Church from breaking into the hymn of joy at having renewed in fullness its awareness of itself.”+