What was it all about?
1958 Pope John XXIII- A Radical Forward Thinker? WE think NOT
Who is this new Pope?
John was the name of his father and of the Parish in which he was baptised. Never before has a leader of the church spoken out with such open affection of their father. So perhaps this is a man of the times. A new aged thinking man has already made a change to the Vatican. After he received the customary kissing of his feet by the cardinals he eliminated the custom. He claims that the gesture had imperial overtones.
Shepherd in search of the Lost Sheep.
Stony silence from the Cardinals ad Pope John XXIII drops a bomb on them.
Preparing this council will be such a massive undertaking that it will take 4 years. Bishops will be totally free to suggest items or major themes for discussion. There will be world wide consultation. 2,000 bishops will come from around the world, along with their secretaries and advisers. It is expected that the world media will descend on the Vatican with such a major gathering of catholic bishops.