• Short Summary

    THE PRIMATE OF BELGIUM, CARDINAL SUENENS, HAS SPOKEN OUT STRONGLY IN FAVOUR OF FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES IN THE WAY OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IS RUN.

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    MECHELEN CATHEDRAL; CARDINAL'S PALACE; CARDINAL SPEAKING (SOF).



    TRANSCRIPT: INTERVIEWER: "YOUR INTERVIEW HAS SEEN IN SOME QUARTERS AS AN ATTACK ON POPE PAUL HIMSELF, PARTICULARLY THE WAY HE ARRIVED AT HIS DECISION ON BIRTH CONTROL IN THE ENCYCLICAL "HUMANE VITAE". IS THIS INTERPRETATION JUSTIFIED?"



    ANSWER: "NO, YOU CAN NEVER AVOID THAT PEOPLE ARE READING WHAT YOU ARE NOT WRITING. BUT IT'S A QUESTION OF MY ARTICLE AS AIMED TO STUDY FUNCTIONS AND THE PERSONS. IT'S NOT A QUESTION OF HISTORICAL FACTS. IT'S A QUESTION OF WHAT'S EXACTLY THE FUNCTION OF A LOCAL CHURCH AND FUNCTION OF THE CENTRE CHURCH, WHAT'S THE FUNCTION OF THE POPE AND SO ON. WE ARE NOT DISCUSSING PERSONALITIES. THE PROBLEMS SHOULD BE EXACTLY THE SAME, SUPPOSING IT WAS POPE JOHN LIVING. POPE PAUL JUST SHOULD HAVE WRITTEN THE SAME ARTICLE BECAUSE IT'S JUST A SYSTEM, A SEARCH, WHICH HAS TO BE SEEN AGAIN I THINK."



    INTERVIEWER: "YOU SPEAK IN THE INTERVIEW OF THE UNIQUE EVANGELICAL MISSION OF THE POPE. IS THERE NOT A REAL DANGER THAT THE CENTRIFUGAL TENDENCIES IN THE CHURCH WILL RESULT IN SCHISM AND DEPRIVE THE POPE AND THE CHURCH OF THEIR INFLUENCE IN WORLD AFFAIRS?" WELL, I THINK EXACTLY THE CONTRARY. I THINK AS THE POPE REMAINS REALLY IN THE CENTRE OF COMMUNION OF FAITH, WELL, HIS ROLE WILL BE MORE ACCENTUATED AND MUCH MORE STRONGLY ACCEPTED THAN IF HE IS OBLIGED THROUGH THE SYSTEM TO ENTER IN ALL SORT OF... (INDISTINCT).. AND THEN CREATING DIFFICULTIES ON THE LOCAL LEVEL. SO IF THE POPE CAN REMAIN WHERE EXACTLY HIS FUNCTION IS, TO KEEP THE UNITY OF FAITH AND MORALS BETWEEN PEOPLE OF GOD, WELL, THEN I THINK HE WILL APPEAR AS A REAL CENTRE OF UNITY, NOT ONLY FOR THE CATHOLIC CHURCHES, BUT ALSO FOR THE NON-CATHOLIC CHURCHES AND FOR THE WORLD. I THINK WHEN HE APPEARED IN THE UNITED NATIONS, FOR INSTANCE, THERE HE WAS REALLY THE REPRESENTATIVE OF MANKIND AND I THINK THAT'S VERY IMPORTANT TO STRESS THAT ASPECT.




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    Background: THE PRIMATE OF BELGIUM, CARDINAL SUENENS, HAS SPOKEN OUT STRONGLY IN FAVOUR OF FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES IN THE WAY OF THE ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH IS RUN. ONE OF HIS MAIN ARGUMENTS IS THAT POPES SHOULD BE ELECTED BY A BODY MUCH MORE REPRESENTATIVE IN AGE AND NATIONALITY THAN THE 136 CARDINALS.

    CARDINAL SUENENS HAS ALSO CALLED FOR A COMPLETE UPDATING OF THE ROMAN CURIA, THE POPE'S CIVIL SERVICE, AND FOR BISHOPS TO BE ALLOWED MORE PART IN DECISION MAKING.

    THE CARDINAL, CONSIDERED BY MANY TO BE THE OUTSTANDING LEADER OF MODERATE ROMAN CATHOLIC OPINION, HAS EMPHASISED THAT HE IS "NO INTERESTING REVOLUTIONARY."

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5TH0QFNORUBJ53EZ6XCTL8X5Q
    Media URN:
    VLVA5TH0QFNORUBJ53EZ6XCTL8X5Q
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/06/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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