Liturgy the first topic of discussion

On 15 October 1962, the Council of Presidents decided that the first topic of discussion at the Council would be the schema on the liturgy, De sacra liturgia.

This was thought likely to be among the least controversial subjects as well as being the best schema of the seven that were distributed prior to the Council.

Cardinals Liénart and Frings along with Tisserant, Ruffini and Alfrink voted in favour of this.

SOURCE

Stefan Gigacz, The Leaven in the Council, Chapter 7, The Council opens without Cardijn (Australian Cardijn Institute)

Council of Presidents

To carry out the immense task of organising and coordinating the work of 2500 bishops and 500-odd theologians, Pope John appointed a 10-member Council of Presidents to coordinate the work of the General Congregations.

The Council of Presidents

Cardinal Eugène Tisserant, a Frenchman, who had been a Sillon sympathiser, and was Vatican Librarian and Archivist

Cardinal Achille Liénart, Lille, France

Patriarch Ignace Gabriel I/Cardinal Théophile Tappouni, Patriarch of Antioch and Bishop of Beirut

Cardinal Norman Gilroy, Sydney, Australia

Cardinal Francis Spellman, New York, USA

Cardinal Josef Frings, Cologne, West Germany

Cardinal Ernesto Ruffini, Palermo, Italy

Cardinal Antonio Caggiano, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Cardinal Bernard Alfrink, Utrecht, Netherlands

Cardinal Albert Meyer, Chicago, USA

Cardinal Stefan Wyszinski, Gniezno and Warsaw, Poland

Cardinal Giuseppe Siri, Genoa, Italy

SOURCE

Stefan Gigacz, The Leaven in the Council, Chapter 7, The Council opens without Cardijn (Australian Cardijn Institute) (Australian Cardijn Institute)