From ALAN McELWAIN in Rome POPE PAUL has again criticised Catholics who are taking advantage of the controversies surrounding the Vatican Council to question the Church's dogmas and laws and to rebel against its discipline.
"There is not sufficient consideration given to the fact that when the teaching Church speaks officially, all must become disciples," he said.
This was one of the strongest statements he made during an Italian-language speech which he gave to a public audience at Castel Gandolfo, his summer villa, where he has been continuing his holiday.
The tone of his speech was generally informal, but from the very start he confided to his listeners that the coming of the fourth and final session of the Council, which begins on September 14, "fills our spirit with great concern and anxious solicitude".
And one of his biggest worries concerning the Council, he said, was caused by the "attitude of those who take the occasion of the problems it raises and the controversy it generates to arouse in themselves and in others a spirit of disquiet and radical reformism, both in the field of doctrine and in that of discipline.
"As if the Council were the opportune occasion to question dogmas and laws which the Church has inscribed on the tablets of its fidelity to Christ the Lord!
"As if the Council had given authorisation to every individual's judgment to despoil the patrimony of the Church of all the acquisitions its long history and proven experience have given it in the course of the centuries!"
This was the third time within weeks that the Pope had spoken against Council critics and stressed the authority of the Church. The first occasion was on July 7 when he urged Catholics not to mistake the Church's renewal as a relaxation of traditional moral teachings.
A week later he said that Church authority was sometimes disobeyed simply for the sake of challenge.
On all occasions he has spoken in general terms, and Vatican Continued on Page 8, Col. 4