A Changed Church
From the Irish Catholic Directory, 1969:
JULY 11 — Cardinal Conway said that there has been “a very marked change in the Church in Ireland.”
At a news conference in Dublin Airport, on his return from the European bishops’ conference in Chur, Switzerland, he recalled his earlier reference in Chur to his impression (from talking with other bishops) that “there has been a swing toward change in the Church since the Vatican Ecumenical Council.”
However, the change in Ireland had been at a steady pace, with the result that people might not notice it.
He illustrated his contention: “If you could switch a time machine to the year before the Vatican Council, I think you would be startled at the change that has come over the Church here since that time.”
And there were many reasons for this, including the fact that in several dioceses there was a Council of Priests. They met regularly and discussed matters of Diocesan policy with the bishop. This was a very important change.
In addition, Parish Councils were coming into being, sprouting up all over the country. The changes in the Liturgy had had a profound effect, and the methods of teaching religion in the schools had been revolutionised. All of these things, he explained, had produced a change — and, of course, a change for the good.
See also his speech at the annual prize-giving in St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth (19th June, 1966).