More U.S. Priests Named as Council Experts

Pope John XXIII has named nine more U.S. priests to the list of experts assisting the work of the Second Vatican Council.

This brings to 22 the number of Americans among the 244 experts named by the Pope so far.

The Americans newly named are: Msgr. Luigi Ligutti, permanent observer for the Holy See at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and international representative of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference; Father Raymond Bosler, editor of Criterion, newspaper of the Indianapolis archdiocese; Msgr. Philip Leinfelder, Vicar General and Chancellor of the Yakima, Wash., diocese; Father Wilfrid H. Paradis of the Manchester, N.H., diocesan marriage tribunal; Msgr. Robert J. Sennott, Chancellor of the Boston archdiocese.

Also Father John R. Sullivan, S.S., rector of St. Thomas the Apostle major seminary (major seminary of the ecclesiastical provinces of Seattle, Wash., and Portland, Ore.), Kenmore, Wash.; Father Robert F. Trisco of Chicago, who is serving with the National Catholic Welfare Conference office in Rome which assists U.S. bishops during the council; Father Charles K. Von Euw of the Boston archdiocese’s St. John’s Seminary, Brighton, Mass.; and Father Eugene H. Maly, prominent liturgist and professor at the Cincinnati archdiocesan major seminary.

The experts have been named to the council in general, although each is a specialist in a given field. The regulations that govern the council give the president of a council commission power to call on any of the experts for his services in discussing, drawing up and amending proposals for constitutions and decrees in the commission’s field.

The experts are not permitted to speak in the council itself except by extraordinary permission.

The 13 U.S. priests previously announced as experts are: Msgr. Francis J. Brennan, of the Philadelphia archdiocese, dean of the Sacred Roman Rota; Msgr. William J. Doheny, Merrill, Wis., a Rota judge; Msgr. John Steinmueller, Brooklyn Scripture scholar; Msgr. Joseph C. Fenton, editor of the American Ecclesiastical Review, Washington, D.C.; Msgr. Rudolph G. Bandas, educator and theologian, St. Paul, Minn.; Msgr. George G. Higgins, director of the Social Action Department of the National Catholic Welfare Conference, Washington.

Also Father Frederick R. McManus, professor of canon law at the Catholic University of America and former president of the North American Liturgical Conference; Father Ulric Beste, O.S.B., of St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, Minn., and now a professor of canon law at the Pontifical Institute of St. Anselm, Rome; Father Edward Heston, C.S.C., procurator general in Rome for the Congregation of Holy Cross; and Father Georges Tavard, A.A., chairman of the theology department of Mount Mercy College, Pittsburgh.

Also Father Melitius Wojnar, O.S.B.M., professor of Oriental canon law at the Catholic University of America; Msgr. John S. Quinn, who heads the Chicago Archdiocese’s metropolitan tribunal; and Father Barnabas Ahern, C.P., professor of Scripture at the Passionist Seminary, Louisville, Ky., and Scripture editor of Worship magazine.

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