Illinois Bishop Says Council Press Committee Welcomes News Corps’ Suggestions

September 30, 1963

A U.S. bishop told newsmen here that he will “welcome complaints or recommendations from the press corps” to be passed on to the members of the Council Press Committee.

Bishop Albert Zuroweste of Belleville, Ill., English-language member of the press committee, spoke at a briefing session Sept. 30 at the U.S. bishops’ information center after the first general meeting of the ecumenical council’s second session.

He introduced members of the U.S. bishops’ press panel and its new director, Elmer Von Feldt, news editor of the N.C.W.C. News Service.

Members of the press panel are: Father Francis J. Connell, C.SS.R., of the Catholic University of America, whose field is theology; Msgr. George G. Higgins, director of the Social Action Department of the National Catholic Welfare Conference; Father William H. Keeler, a council expert from Marysville, Pa.; Father Eugene H. Maly of Mount St. Mary Seminary of the West, Norwood, Ohio, whose field is Sacred Scripture; Father Francis McCool, S.J., of New York, a professor at Rome’s Pontifical Biblical Institute; Father John B. Sheerin, C.S.P., of New York, editor of the Catholic World, whose interest is in ecumenical activity; Msgr. Thomas J. Tobin, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Portland, Ore.; Father Robert F. Trisco of Chicago and Catholic University of America, whose field is Church history; and Father Gustave A. Weigel, S.J., professor of ecclesiology (De Ecclesia) at Woodstock College, Md., a Jesuit major seminary.

During the briefing, Father Connell was asked about a reference to the Church as a sacrament made by Joseph Cardinal Frings, Archbishop of Cologne. Cardinal Frings spoke during the day’s general meeting.

Father Connell explained that the present meaning of the word “sacrament,” and the present number of sacraments, date from the 12th century. He said that Cardinal Frings used the word in a much older sense as “something sacred.”

Father McCool added that in the older sense, “sacrament” was a translation of the Greek word for “mystery,” which also had the meaning of “something sacred.”

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