Category Archives: Vatican II

Text of African Layman’s Council Speech on Missions

This is a translation of the French speech on the missions schema delivered Oct. 13 by Eusebe Adjakpley, lay auditor from Togo.   In the first place, may I say how happy I am, as an African layman, to be … Continue reading

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Atlanta Archbishop Seeks Stronger Condemnation of Discrimination

Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan of Atlanta, Ga., has called on the ecumenical council to make a more forceful denunciation of all forms of racial discrimination. He called for an amendment to the proposed declaration on the Church in the modern … Continue reading

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Press Session Focuses on Priestly Celibacy

Discussion at the U.S. bishops’ council press panel centered on the subject of priestly celibacy, which Pope Paul VI has already ordered not to be discussed at the ecumenical council. A large part of the discussion revolved around a figure … Continue reading

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Christ’s Missionary Mandate, Role of Laity Highlighted at Council Session

148th General Congregation October 13, 1965 Dressed in the colorful robes of an African tribesman, a lay auditor from Togo stood before the world’s bishops in the ecumenical council and pleaded for recognition of the layman’s role as a witness … Continue reading

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Changes Proposed in Role Of Women in the Church

Far-reaching changes in the role of women in the Catholic Church have been proposed to the ecumenical council by Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan of Atlanta. In a statement filed with the council’s general secretariat, the American prelate declared that since … Continue reading

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Council Father Seeks Consideration of Conscientious Objection

Archbishop Thomas Roberts, S.J., former Archbishop of Bombay, wants the ecumenical council to give complete support to the position of conscientious objectors. Scheduled to address the council on this subject, Archbishop Roberts was unable to do so since debate on … Continue reading

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Council to Hold Public Session to Enact New Documents

147th General Congregation October 12, 1965 To commemorate the seventh anniversary of the election of Pope John XXIII, the ecumenical council which he initiated will hold a public session Oct. 28 at which several completed documents will be enacted. At … Continue reading

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