Cardijn not a peritus

On 24 September 1962, the first list of 201 Council periti was published.

Surprisingly, Cardijn was included on that list.

What had happened?

Stefan Gigacz writes:

After his prodigious efforts in the Preparatory Commission on Lay Apostolate and the success of Mater et Magistra, he now found himself excluded from the Council’s work.


Was it an oversight, a deliberate decision, or simply the fact that Cardijn, who had never claimed to be a theologian, was about to turn eighty? Who made the decision? Was it the Council secretariat, the Central Preparatory Commission or even Pope John? Was Suenens involved?

Whatever the reason, it was a huge disappointment that emerged as the JOCI Executive Committee was about to meet in Berlin, a venue strategically chosen to make an impression on the German bishops.

Source

Stefan Gigacz, The Leaven in the Council, Chapter 7, The Council opens without Cardijn

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Sharon Kabel