A request to Cardijn

On 13 December 1960, Mgr Glorieux wrote to Cardijn again with a request to draft a paper for the PCLA on the theme “Priests and lay people in the apostolate.”

“During the 4th meeting of the Roman Members of the 1st Sub-Commission, a precise program of work was established,” Mgr Glorieux reported to Cardijn.

“HE Mons. Castellano, president of the Sub-Commission, then requested me to ask you to prepare over the next few weeks a special presentation for the Sub-Commission on the theme ‘Priests and lay people in the apostolate’ (also bearing in mind the Brothers and Religious Sisters who ‘assist’ certain groups),” he explained.

“I have also requested other Members and Consultors to prepare papers on other topics and I gave them the following guidelines. We would like to receive by return mail confirmation that you accept to prepare this paper. The paper would need to be sent to us by the Feast of the Epiphany or at the latest 9 January, the date of one of our meetings for the Members (of the Commission) residing in Rome. It should be presented as follows:

“1) A document briefly summarising the issue; 2) proposals of phrases to be inserted eventually in the Acts of the Council, including a preamble first, then the “declaration” (see for example Document Ri7 by Fr Papali). Point 1 may be drafted in French but for Point 2 you could translate it into Latin.

“We would like to have confirmation by return of mail that you agree to prepare this presentation. It should be sent to us for the feast of Epiphany, or at the latest by January 9, the date of one of our meetings for Members residing in Rome. present in the following way:

“Evidently, you will continue to be kept informed of all our work in order that you can offer your suggestions on each subject dealt with, either by correspondence or during our meeting at the end of January,” Mgr Glorieux concluded.

No doubt Cardijn was pleased to receive this invitation but by the time it arrived, he had already left for Africa.

As a result Marguerite Fiévez retyped Mgr Glorieux’s letter on JOC letterhead in order to forward it to Cardijn at Lomé in Togo.

SOURCES

French original

Mgr Glorieux à Cardijn, 13/12/1960 (Joseph Cardijn Digital Library)

English translation

Mgr Glorieux to Cardijn, 13/12/1960 (Joseph Cardijn Digital Library)