On 27 February 1963, Jean Rodhain, wrote to Mgr Jean Streiff, secretary general of French Catholic Action and now also a member of the Lay Apostolate Commission, informing him of a proposal discussed in the commission for a new Vatican body dealing with the lay apostolate.
On 26 February 1963, Mgr Achille Glorieux, secretary of the Lay Apostolate Commission, wrote to Cardijn saying that Marguerite Fiévez had written to inform him that Cardijn had finally received his “billet” or “ticket” as a peritus from Cardinal Cicognani.
On 18 February 1963, Brazilian bishop, Dom Eugenio Araujo Sales, also a member of the Lay Apostolate Commission, wrote to Cardijn approving the draft manuscript of his book, emphasising its timeliness.
My dear Monsignor Cardijn.
I received your letter of January 15, 1963, as well as your publication, which I am now reading carefully. I’m very interested. The position is very clear and I fully agree with your points of view. I believe,
Your Excellency, that we are at a moment of the utmost importance in determining the role of the laity in the Church. In the present apostolic situation, the participation of the well-trained layman will succeed in keeping the various de-Christianized or almost de-Christianized circles in the Church, or in bringing them back into it.
In prayer to God to bless your extraordinary work, I send you an affectionate blessing.
On 13 February 1963, Marguerite Fiévez wrote to Jean-Pierre Delarge expressing her concern that they had been over-optimistic regarding the grant of imprimatur by the Archdiocese of Malines- Brussels for Cardijn’s book.
Rue Royale Ste Marie, Brussels 3
Brussels, 13 February, 1963
Mr J.P. Delarge, Director of Editions Eniversi- taires, 72, boulevard St Germain, PARIS, Ve France
Dear Mr. Delarge,
I think I’ve been too optimistic about getting the Imprimatur.
Monseigneur Cardijn thinks that it’s better, if it’s not too much trouble for you, to apply for the Imprimatur from the Archbishopric of Paris, and not to deviate from the usual rules, which require the application to be made in the diocese where the work is published.
He therefore relies on your good will, but is convinced that there will be no difficulty.