The Vatican Council: A Mind of Its Own

Out of respect for the freedom of the Vatican Council, Pope Paul VI has stayed away from its working sessions and avoided expressing opinions on the matters before it. But because of his great interest in the subject, he went to St. Peter's when the prelates began deliberating the schema on missions. Shunning the papal throne, he took a seat among the council's twelve cardinal-presidents and gave a brief speech on the schema. He pronounced it generally satisfactory and urged its approval as a basic text for further revision. The council fathers...

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