The editors of America comment on Pope John’s official announcement of the start date of the Council. From April 7, 1962:
With Pope John’s announcement that the Second Vatican Council would begin on October 11, the interest of the American bishops visibly quickened. Among other moves, two archbishops have produced important pastoral letters about the council.The first, Most Rev. Edward D. Howard, Archbishop of Portland, Ore., entitled his document “The Second Council of the Vatican and Our Separated Brethren: Agreements, Difficulties, Possible Contributions” was pubiished in the March 8 issue of the Catholic Sentinel, weekly newspaper of the Portland Archdiocese.
Archbishop Howard looks to the council for development of doctrines set forth in Pope Pius XII’s encyclilcals on the Mystical Body and the liturgy. He hopes the council will bring Church law up to date, for “in this field the council can do much to make union easier for our separated brethren.” Foreseeing that the work of Christian union will be a long one, the Archbishop recommended establishment of diocesan, national and international commissions to apply the guiding principles that will be laid down by the council. He announced he would set up one of these commissions, a “Committee on Religious Unity,” for his archdiocese. Continue reading