Fr. Le Guillou gave me some news about Fr. Dumont’s trip to Rome. There were comments concerning some of the appointments which seemed somewhat strange. It would seem that the appointment of Msgr. Calewaert [Karel Calewaert, Bishop of Gand] to the Liturgical Commission was the result of mistaken identity. He had been confused with the liturgist of the same name who has already died [Camille Callewaert, who died in 1943].
From 6 to 9 April, christological colloquium in Évreux. There I met Fr. K. Rahner. [Karl Rahner, SJ, was one of the leading theologians of the twentieth century. He taught at Innsbruck, then, from 1964 onwards, in Munich; he was a consultor on the Preparatory Commission on the Discipline of the Sacraments, and was to be appointed a Council expert in 1962.] Cardinal Ottaviani is against him, having recently summed up Rahner’s position on the Mass as follows: for Rahner one devout Mass is worth more than one hundred Masses that are not devout . . . So he is blocking him. But Cardinal König and two or three other bishops have insisted that he should be appointed to a Council Commission. He has just been appointed consultor to the Commission on the Sacraments… He himself considers it laughable.