ACA I HOLIC bishop and a Methodist theologian last week shared the pulpit in a Presbyterian chapel in Sherman, Texas. when each gave his views in turn on the stage reached by the Vatican Council to date.
The bishop was Mgr. Stephen Leven. Auxiliary of San Antonio, and his fellow preacher was Dr. Albert Outler, professor of theology at the Southern Methodist University. They were the guests of the Presbyterians' Austin College and the Sherman Deanery of Catholic Men.
Dr. Outler divided the Council into three categories. At one extreme he put the "prophets of doom". at the other the "apostles of impatience", and in the middle "the majority of hishoos who are giving the Council its plainly progrusive character".
His outstanding impressions as an observer at the Council. he said. were Sc follows!
1. The fact that 3.000 bishops are meeting and discussing is in itself as amazing as the results are astounding.
2. The Courted marks the end or the counter-reformation epoch.
3. The Council is a premeditated experiment at reformation within the Catholic church.
It marks, he added, the boainnine of "a major mutation in CatholicProtestant relations".