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Title: 'Concilium episcoporum est'
Subtitle: The Interventions of Liénart and Frings revisited, October 13th, 1962
Author(s): LAMBERIGTS, M. , GREILER, A.
Journal: Ephemerides Theologicae Lovanienses
Volume: 73    Issue: 1   Date: 1997   
Pages: 54-71
DOI: 10.2143/ETL.73.1.504815

Abstract :
The postponement of the elections of the members of the conciliar commissions in the first session of the Council was a key event for the dynamics of Vatican II. The famous interventions of Cardinals A. Liénart (Lille, France) and J. Frings (Cologne, Germany) are usually presented as the first time that bishops, especially those open for reforms, voiced their feelings. Afterwards episcopal conferences began to meet to prepare lists with candidates for the elections. Our presentation of the preparation for and outcome of these interventions aims at a reconstruction of the events at the end of September and the beginning of October 1962, showing the motives of Liénart, Frings – and of many others.

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