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Pope Paul VI Assembly 2367 is a very active assembly with patriotic programs and
charitable activities dedicated to the Church, Community and Youth. Our Assembly has an
active Color Corps and participates in various civic programs. We also have a very active
ladies auxiliary which provides much needed support and encouragement on all the projects
we undertake. The Assembly meets at the Holy Trinity Parish Center,
Baltimore & Annapolis Boulevard,
Glen Burnie, Maryland, 21061. For more information, contact
Faithful Admiral Thomas McGovern
biosketch is taken in large measure from the Catholic Forum webpage entry on
Pope Paul VI.
Pope Paul VI was born on September 26, 1887 at Concescio, Lombardy, Italy as Giovanni
Battista Montini. He was ordained in Bescia on May 29, 1920. He studied in Rome and
entered the Vatican secretariat of state in 1922. He became one of two prosectretaries to
Pope Pius XII. He was then Archbishop of Milan from 1954 to 1963 where he worked on social
problems and to improve relations between workers and employers. He was made Cardinal in
His Papal Ascension took place on June 21, 1963. As Pope, Paul continued the
reforms of Pope John XXIII. He reconvened
the Second Vatican Council, and supervised implementations of many of its reforms such as
the vernacularization and reform of the liturgy. He instituted an international synod of
bishops; bishops were instructed to set up councils of priests in their own dioceses.
Powers of dispensation devolved from the Roman Curia onto the bishops, rules on fasting
and abstinence were relaxed and some restrictions on intermarriage were lifted. A
commission to revise canon law revision was established.
In 1964, Paul made a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and became the first pope in over 150
years to leave Italy. That was followed by trips to India in 1964, the United Nations in
1965 where he addressed the United Nations, Africa in 1969 and Southeast Asia in 1970.
Relations between the Vatican and the Communists improved, and Communist leaders visited
the Vatican for the first time. Paul met with leaders of other churches and in 1969,
addressed the World Council of Churches. Limited doctrinal agreements were
with the Anglicans and Lutherans. Paul issued frequent reassertions of papal primacy in
the facing of growing dissent within the Roman Catholic Church itself. He enlarged the
college of cardinals and added cardinals from third world countries.
In his seminal 1968 encyclical, "
," Paul reaffirmed the
Church's ban on contraception and reconfirmed exquisitely the moral underpinnings of the
Church's pro-life position and her moral arguments against abortion.
The Assembly meets on the
first Tuesday of every month
at the Holy
Trinity Parish Center, 126 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie, Maryland, 21061. Meetings start at
The Assembly has an active Color Corps and has participated in many events for the
Maryland State Council. We have posted the Colors at the annual Convention in Ocean City
and have participated at various State functions.