19) With the pope's nod to Cardinal Bea, the SPCU shifted its method.
Despite the setbacks, on 19 October 1962 Pope John decreed that the SPCU could prepare drafts to submit to the bishops--(eventually, it prepared three of the final sixteen documents of Vatican II and was partly responsible for a fourth)--and on 22 October Pope John raised the Secretariat for Christian Unity to the status of commission.
Paul VI, supportive of interreligious relations from the start, renewed the mandate of the SPCU and guided the bishops at Vatican II to base their deliberations in council on the church's understanding of itself and in relation to all peoples.
The question of the report for the SPCU would fill the rest of the conference.
43) Oesterreicher's "three requests" have not been integrated into the Apeldoorn memorandum but reached the SPCU as the Seton Hall requests.
In addition, the proposals and memoranda sent to the SPCU were not discussed during the plenary sessions but served only as preparation.
The SPCU text eventually supplied formulations to Dei verbum's chapter 6 on the place and role of the biblical word and Scripture reading in Catholic life.
My source for these SPCU working documents is Mauro Velati, ed.
But Volk also reworked his longer text, giving it out in French at the SPCU plenary of March 6-10 (872-83) and publishing it in the original German as "Wort Gottes: Gabe und Aufgabe," Catholica (Munster) 4 (1962) 241-51.
In contrast, Fr Jerome Hamer, the secretary of the SPCU, proposed a very tight timetable, with publication of the document recommending membership in time for the WCC central committee meeting in Addis Ababa in January 1971 and a discussion at the synod of Catholic bishops in October 1971.
Admittedly, the reservations of the minority represented a foretaste of what would be expressed much more strongly on the Catholic side at the SPCU Plenaria in Rome a few months later.
Among other examples one could quote documents on the theme of the world mission conference at Melbourne (1980), reactions from RC missiologists to the draft of the ecumenical affirmation on mission and evangelism and a special study paper in preparation for the sixth assembly of the WCC coming from a consultation sponsored by the SPCU