Category: International Catholic Organisations

  • The Synod’s missing associative dimension

    The Synod’s missing associative dimension

    When Saint (Pope) John XXIII called Vatican II in 1959, he looked upon it in a traditional sense as a council of bishops. Not even the Preparatory Commission on Lay Apostolate included a single lay person.

  • An alternative model for a Vatican Council of the Laity

    An alternative model for a Vatican Council of the Laity

    Prior to Pope Paul VI’s January 1967 motu proprio, Catholicam Christi Ecclesiam, establishing the Council of the Laity and the Pontifical Study Commission ‘Justice and Peace’, much discussion and consultation took place regarding the model for the new structures.

  • An unacceptable wardship model

    An unacceptable wardship model

    Continuing my research on the demise of the ICO Conference (better known by its French acronym as the COIC), I recently spoke to Fernand Vincent (above), a Swiss development expert as well as a former YCW leader and extension worker in Africa

  • Fears for the ICO Conference… in 1967!

    Fears for the ICO Conference… in 1967!

    To understand the development of an organisation, it’s often useful to look at its origins. So let’s look at the problems that emerged between the Pontifical Council for the Laity (PCL) and the ICO Conference.

  • Dissolution or destruction of the ICO Conference?

    Dissolution or destruction of the ICO Conference?

    An important change regarding the relationship that took place in 2008, was the dissolution of the Conference of International Catholic Organisations – the “ICO Conference.”

  • Where are the international organisations?

    Where are the international organisations?

    When Pope John XXIII called the Second Vatican Council in January 1959 he conceived of it as a meeting comprised exclusively of bishops and periti. As such, he saw no reason for lay people to be invited.