Mgr Glorieux’s reply to Cardijn on 3 October was clearly not the one that was expected.
On 15 October 1960, International YCW secretary-general, René Salanne, wrote to Paul Adam in Switzerland addressing this point.
“I am enclosing a copy of the letter that Mgr Cardijn sent to Mgr Glorieux on the issue of a ‘sub-commision’ of lay people as well as a copy of the response from Mgr Glorieux.
“However, it seems to me that there was a misunderstanding. Didn’t Mgr Glorieux understand that Mgr Cardijn was proposing the creation of a sub-commission by the organisations.
“When he responds ‘if while they are going to start only in Rome, they learn that “sub-commissions” are being created left and right’, then he seems to have such an interpretation of Mgr Cardijn’s project in his head.
“Mgr Cardijn will now write to him to say that he actually envisaged the creation of a sub-commission by the pontifical Commission itself, which could in fact call on other organisations,” he wrote. However, at this stage, I have found no record in either the IYCW or the Cardijn Archives of any response by him to Mgr Glorieux.
“The first meeting of the Commission will take place in Rome on 14 November,” René Salanne noted. It promised to be an interesting meeting!
René Salanne to Paul Adam 1960 10 15 (Joseph Cardijn Digital Library)