From Desmond Fisher
IN what must be one of the simplest ceremonies ever to be seen in St. Peter's, Pope Paul inaugurated on Monday the third session of the Vatican Council. Though the In his address to the Fathers, Pope Paul struck the same note of simplicity and humility. He went out of his way to stress that the bishops of the world were his "brothers", his "fellow elders", and his "partners".
In sentence after sentence he emphasised the dignity and power of the College of Bishops and called on them to help him in governing the Church.
Many of the Pope's hearers saw in his stress on the power of the college of bishops a definite indication that he will ask them to appoint some of their number — the so-called Senate — to assist him in the government of the Church.
Vatican I has defined papal primacy and infallibility, he said. Vatican II would clarify the nature and function of the episcopate. (Report of the Pope's address: See Page 2).
The Council began Its work in earnest on Tuesday. In terms of Continued on Page 2, at foot
of Col. 4.