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The Preparatory Theological Commission

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This chapter focuses on the Preparatory Theological Commission (TC), opposite number to the Congregation for the Holy Office. It deals with the appointment of the chair and secretary. The decision to appoint Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani, secretary of the Holy Office, as chair of the Theological Commission comes as little surprise, although the prefect rather than the secretary of the respective curial congregations tended as a rule to be appointed as chair of the corresponding preparatory commission. The appointment of the commission secretary likewise appears to have taken place at a relatively early date. The chapter also focuses on the way the parva commissio went about its business. Dhanis was proposed by his fellow Jesuits and scholarly colleagues at the Gregoriana. Given his impact on the nouvelle théologie at the end of the 1940s, it comes as little surprise that theologians such as Philippe and Ciappi were sympathetic towards his nomination.

Keywords: Cardinal Alfredo Ottaviani; Holy Office; parva commissio; Preparatory Theological Commission (TC); theologians; Theological Commission



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