Page 7, 3rd May 1963

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Page 7, 3rd May 1963 — Cardinal warns of Council deadlock

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Cardinal warns of Council deadlock


ONE of the Second Vatican Council's 10 presiding cardinals has warned that the council could become deadlocked if some of the obstacles it met during the first session are not

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In a press conference held here, Cardinal Alfrink also said that the 'whole Church" and not just the "Roman apparatus" should take part in developing and carrying out the work of the council.

"I believe." he said. "that confidence within the Church will grow when competent people from all parts of the world are invited to take part in this. putting into effect the guidance of the council."

Referring to the "obstacles" which were met at the first session of the council, the Cardinal said they included : 1-A surplus of material for consideration, which soon made it "obvious that it would he impossible for the council to deal with all the projects prepared."

2-A lack of coordination between the various preparatory commissions.

3-The orientation of the documents submitted by the Theological Commission, The 62-year-old head of the Church in The Netherlands said that although much of the material prepared for the council will not appear on its agenda, "this does not mean that the work of the preparatory commissions is useless." The whole Church, he said, will have a hand in working it out.

"I do not mean to imply that the Roman apparatus . . . would not be able to carry out this task in a satisfactory manner." he said. However, the Cardinal insisted that it is "important for the whole Church to take part" in developing the work of the council.

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