Religion: R.S.V.P.

When Pope John XXIII summoned the Second Vatican Council to meet next October, the Vatican announced that nonCatholics would be invited to send representatives as nonvoting delegates. The job of figuring out who should come and in what capacity was left largely to Augustin Cardinal Bea (TIME, July 6), the wise old Jesuit who heads the Vatican's Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity. To avoid the diplomatic fiasco that marred the first Vatican Council,*Bea and his assistant, Dutch Msgr. Willebrands, spent long hours conferring with Protestant and Orthodox churchmen, made it clear that invitations would go only to those who wanted to...

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