Seven inches of condemnations and one of praise:
is that the way to talk to the modern world?
—Pope John XXIII
The pope's words after taking a ruler to a page of one of the schemata (proposed agenda) prepared by the curia for approval by the Council Fathers in anticipation of Vatican Council II. From John XXIII: Pope of the Century by Pete Hebblethwaite (p. 213).
H/T to Conciliaria "where you can relive the moving and hope-filled days of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965). To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Council, we offer day-to-day coverage, utilizing archival reporting from that time, contemporary documents and special guest correspondents who will step into a time machine to report on the dramatic events as though they were there 50 years ago."
The global observance of the anniversary will begin on 11 October 2012 -- the half-century of Vatican II's first day -- and wrap up on 24 November 2013, the feast of Christ the King.
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