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Remembering Pierre Haubtmann Chief Editor of Gaudium et Spes


Mgr Philippe Bordeyne, Rector, Catholic Institute of Paris

Clara Staffa Geoghegan, Exec. Sec. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

Monday 6 September 2021 10 am BST

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French priest, Pierre Haubtmann was the chief editor of the groundbreaking Vatican II document, Gaudium et Spes, the Pastoral Constitution of the Church in the World of Today. Next month marks the 50th anniversary of his tragic death in a bushwalking accident on 6 September 1971.

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Chaplain to a French YCW team, then national chaplain to Workers Catholic Action, Haubtmann was a man of pastoral action as well as an intellectual, specialising in the thought of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon.Appointed in 1964 to take charge of the drafting of Schema XIII, the future Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the World of Today, Gaudium et Spes, Haubtmann compiled a completely new draft which became the basis of the final document.

“With respect to each question, we begin with facts (previously ‘signs of the times’); we judge them; and we derive various pastoral orientations," Haubtmann noted later, explaining the method used. "This method was explicitly desired by the competent the competent bodies; it manifestly corresponds to the will of the overwhelming majority of the Fathers.”

After the Council, he was appointed as rector of the Catholic Institute of Paris, charged with implementing the conciliar reforms to the university's teaching program, a task cut short by his untimely death.


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