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People: OPE PAUL
Locations: Rome


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From ALAN McELWAIN in Rome

POPE PAUL this week expressed his preoccupation with the "ideological disquiet and disturbances that have become more frequent in the Catholic world". This is the fourth time in recent weeks that the Pope, in straight-from-theshoulder public speeches, has dealt with his deep concern and sadness over those who question the ' Church's authoritative teaching and who are "uneasy" about religious truth.

It is believed here that he is likely to continue on this theme until the reopening on September 14 of the Vatican Council, so that by that time he will have progressively built up a solid foundation for future action and left no doubt where, amid all the contro versy the Council has engendered. the See of Peter stands.

Pope Paul, from the start of his Pontificate, has realised that much of the criticism directed against him personally has stemmed from varying interpretations placed upon his own statements and actions within the Council sphere by different schools of thought.

Undoubtedly, this is very largely behind his unprecedented campaegn to let the world know that, while he is approaching problems in his own way and in his own time, the success of the Council and its avowed purpose of aggiornamento, or updating of the Church, is at all times uppermost in his mind.


Two weeks ago, the Pope said that those who took advantage of the controversies surrounding the Council to question the Catholic Church's dogmas and laws, and to rebel against its discipline, did not give sufficient consideration to the fact that "when the teaching Church speaks officially, all must become disciples".

In his latest statement he says that in picking the minds of persons who visited him he discerned certain uneasiness about the religious truth, the Church's customary doctrine and the faith she authoritatively taught and normally professed. Often, he said, those who brought this disquietude to "the threshold of the ancrient See of Peter", instead of finding rest and comfort became even more doubtful and anxious.

"An attitude of uncertaintly, criticism. doubt, ideological insufferance, agnosticism and even of negation characterises many

Continued on p. 8, Col. 4

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