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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Panel Agrees Pope Had Right to Remove Celibacy From Council Deliberations

Pope Paul was fully within his rights in notifying the ecumenical council that he has decided to preserve the practice of celibacy in the Western Church, it was agreed by speakers at the U.S. bishops’ press panel. The Pope, in … Continue reading

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Pope Takes Celibacy Issue Off the Table at Council

146th General Congregation October 11, 1965 Pope Paul VI informed the Second Vatican Council that he intends not only to preserve the ancient law of celibacy of the clergy of the Latin-rite Church, but also “to reinforce its observance.” The … Continue reading

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Missionary Importance Stressed at Council Session

145th General Congregation October 8, 1965 The ecumenical council’s completely revised schema on the missions offers a remedy for the modern crisis of the missionary conscience, Joseph Cardinal Frings of Cologne, Germany, declared in the name of “many missionary bishops.” … Continue reading

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