Tuesday 19 September 1961
Fr. Gagnebet organized a meeting of the sub-commission for De Ecclesia at the Angelicum, in order to make headway with the discussion on the constitution De Ecclesia and to give more opportunity to the consultors. The meeting was not official. We discussed the chapter De laicis. Mgr. Philips had both written the text and acted as rapporteur. I made the acquaintance of Mgr. Griffiths [James H. Griffiths, Auxiliary Bishop of New York, member of the Preparatory Theological Commission, then member of the Doctrinal Commission. He was to die in February 1964.], Cardinal Spellman’s auxiliary [Cardinal Francis Spellman, Archbishop of New York. He was to become a member of the Council of Presidents and of the Coordinating Commission.], who asked me twice to lay stress on the liturgy.
Wednesday 27 September 1961
This morning I gave my talk at the Biblical Week in honor of St. Paul. Quite a large and very responsive audience. Some friends: Fr. Gribomont [Jean Gribomont, OSB, monk of the Abbey of Clervaux (Luxemburg), later sent to the Abbey of St Jerome in Rome, Director of the critical edition of the Vulgate.], J. Dupont [Jacques Dupont, OSB, of the Abbey of Saint Andrew in Bruges, where he taught Sacred Scripture.]; some well-known people: Mgr. Jenny, Mgr. Pellegrino, Coppens, Fr. Levie, Fr. Raes, Fr. Prümm, SJ. [Karl Prümm, SJ, Professor of Exegesis at the Pontifical Biblical Institute.] The latter told me to criticize Fr. Gaechter, who exaggerates [Paul Gaechter, SJ, Professor of Exegesis at Innsbruck; in his communication to the Congress, Congar referred in a footnote to P Gaechter, Petrus und seine Zeit. Neutestamentliche Studien (Innsbruck-Vienna-Munich, 1958).] . . .