CATHOLIC withdrawal from the Council of Christians and Jews under Cardinal Griffin was due to a misunderstanding, Archbishop Worlock revealed to the annual meeting of the council at Leeds last Friday.
"Looking back from the inside position which I held at Westminster in those days. l can say simply that the instruction issued to Cardinal Griffin appears to have been based on false information. The Council in this country had been associated with and denounced by another international brotherhood." he said.
"It took Cardinal Heenan to years to disentangle the facts and to show that the body about which there was concern was not the Council in this country.
"It took a Cardinal Heenan to break the impasse. After arriving at the Archbishopric of Westminster some ten Years later. he merely informed the powers-thatbe that he assumed that the ban no longer applied and that he would act accordingly unless he heard to the contrary. So once more the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster became a Joint President of the Council."