• Short Summary

    POPE PAUL TODAY (SATURDAY) CLOSED THE 1964 SESSION OF THE ECUMENICAL COUNCIL IN THE VATICAN.?

  • Description

    POPE PAUL TODAY (SATURDAY) CLOSED THE 1964 SESSION OF THE ECUMENICAL COUNCIL IN THE VATICAN. IN A RICH AND COLOURFUL CEREMONY THE PONTIFF CELEBRATED MASS, AND THEN, BEFORE TWO THOUSANDS PRELATES AND GUESTS IN ST. PETER'S BASILICA, PROMULGATED TO THE WORLD THREE MAJOR DECISIONS.

    THE MOST IMPORTANT OF THE DECREES IS DE ECCLESIA. (ON THE CHURCH), WHICH DEFINES, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE PRINCIPLE OF "COLLEGIALITY" IN WHICH THE BISHOPS OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH WILL SHARE WITH THE POPE IN THE GOVERNMENT OVER THE CHURCH.

    THE ASSEMBLY OF BISHOPS HAS WORKED FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS ON THE DECREE, SIFTING THOUSANDS OF AMENDMENTS IN ABOUT 30 FULL SCALE DEBATES SINCE 1962. ITS 30,000 WORDS DRAFTED IN EIGHT CHAPTERS IN SEEN AS AN ATTEMPT TO STEER THE CHURCH AWAY FROM EXCESSIVELY AUTHORITARIAN AND INSTITUTIONALISED CONCEPTS OF HER MISSION.

    THE OTHER TWO DECREES, "ON UNITY", AND "ON THE CATHOLIC ORIENTAL CHURCHES", DEAL WITH RELATIONS BETWEEN THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH AND OTHER CHRISTIANS, INCLUDING, IN THE LATTER CASE, THOSE OF THE EASTERN CHURCHES.

    POPE PAUL, IN HIS ADDRESS, EXPRESSED SATISFACTION AT THE DEFINITION OF THE COLLEGIALITY OF BISHOPS IN SHARING AUTHORITY WITH HIM, AND HE DISCOUNTED ANY FEARS THAT IT MIGHT RESULT IN ANY DIMINUTION OR IMPEDIMENT TO THE AUTHORITY OF THE PONTIFF.

    POPE PAUL ANNOUNCED THAT THERE WOULD BE ANOTHER SESSION OF THE ECUMENICAL COUNCIL AND THAT IT WOULD BE THE LAST. HOWEVER, HE DID NOT INDICATE WHEN THE NEXT SESSION WOULD BE HELD. HE ALSO PROCLAIMED THE VIRGIN MARY AS THE "MOTHER OF THE CHURCH" AND EXPRESSED THE HOPE THAT SHE WOULD BE "STILL MORE HONOURED AND INVOKED BY CHRISTIAN PEOPLE EVERYWHERE."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2DPCKX5CR33JQOWYOCZCE6EOI
    Media URN:
    VLVA2DPCKX5CR33JQOWYOCZCE6EOI
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/11/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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