The ten groups of study established by card. Lercaro in the diocese of Bologna to implement the motu proprio Ecclesiae sanctae by Paul VI were a significant example of the initiatives taken in response to the Second Vatican council in the years soon after its conclusion. They did not only deal with the technical aspects to bring regulations up to date, but they also tried to trasmit the «spirit» of the council to the diocese. The article examines the final reports of the groups and highlights a number of problems that mainly concerned the life of the priests, for whom a renewal was more urgently required. It is underlined that these problems could be recognized just thanks to the experience of the council. The way the council was read by G. Dossetti was important in this particular regard. Inspiration was taken from the ecclesiological principles that interpreted the Church as the people of God and as a community of believers. For this reason the reforming process of the diocese proposed by the ten groups was based on a synodal model.

(author: Giovanni Turbanti)

Summary ed.30 (II/2011)