A fatal partitioning

On 19 December 1960, Yves Congar wrote to Henri Caffarel, former French JOC chaplain and founder of the Teams of Our Lady, lamenting the division of labour among the various preparatory commissions.

“An unfortunate impression that I had in Rome is the fatal partitioning between the different bodies and, worse still, between the different topics of specific doctrines,” Congar wrote.

“It is clear that a real work, De Laicis, can only be presented in ecclesiological synthesis: it’s all of one piece.

“What is said about the laity will be worth as much as the presentation of the Church.”


Congar Archives

Joseph A. Komonchak, The struggle for the Council during the preparation of Vatican II, Chapter III, Giuseppe Alberigo and Joseph Komonchak (eds);, History of Vatican II, Volume I, 197.