The suggestion that the Conference of Latin America .Bishops (CELAM) will hold its , meeting at Peubla in January has been denied in Rome by Cardinal Jean Villot, the Secretary of State.
The meeting was to have been held in October at Puebla in Mexico but was postponed
' because of the death of the Pope Paul and then Pope John Paul I. It is considered a crucial meeting in the life of the Latin American church. The bishops only meet as a conference once every ten years and at the last Conference at
1Medellin in 1968 they produced a " radical document committing the church to promoting justice and social reform throughout the con .tinent.
Since then there have been forces at work trying to pull the church back from its commitment to social matters. The draft paper for the Puebla meeting
' was a conservative document of which several bishops In Latin • America were openly critical. It now seems that with the delay in + holding the conference the paper '6 is to be redrafted, one source says on the instruction of the new Pope.