The second meeting of the Antepreparatory Commission took place on 30 June 30, 1959, in the presence of Pope John XXIII.
Cardinal Tardini began by thanking the pope “for having chosen to entrust the important task of carrying out the acts preparatory to the Council to representatives of the sacred congregations of the Roman Curia, who, in virtue of their offices, are in a position to know in a special way the present needs, to give an adequate evaluation of the obstacles to be overcome, and to formulate appropriate suggestions.”
He reported that since the first meeting instead of sending out a questionnaire to the world’s bishops, it had been decided to send a Circular Letter that simply provided very general indications on how the bishops should reply on their concerns and wishes for the Council. Pope John had already approved this letter which was in the process of being mailed out, Tardini reported.
He added that he had asked the heads of the curial dicasteries to establish “study-commissions, with the participation of consultors, officials, and scholars of various languages and nations, to formulate concrete proposals to present to the Fathers of the future ecumenical council.”
Offices for the Secretariate had been found, he concluded, and “some willing priests” had been found to staff it. Pope John concluded the meeting with a short address to encourage the Commission in its work.
Joseph Komonchak, The antepreparatory period (JA Komonchak)