Roman Catholics: Readiness for Reform

They called him a Hamlet when he was Archbishop of Milan. Lately, Pope Paul VI seems to be displaying the artful sovereignty of a Prospero and the action-now dash of a Henry V. And action now means a notable zeal for carrying out the renewal of Catholicism planned by John XXIII.

This week, as 2,200 bishops gather in St. Peter's to begin the debates of the Vatican Council's second session, they will be working under drastically revised ground rules recently decreed by the Pope. The 73 schemata, or agenda items, presented to them last fall have been boiled down into...

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