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In early June, L'Osservatore Romano's English edition carried a carefully worded note from the Theological Commission of the Pontifical International Marian Academy, which was asked by the Holy See to Study the possibility and the opportuneness of the proposed definition.
It shows how superficial are the standard summations (including N.'s own) that show him as having at first doubted the opportuneness of defining this doctrine which he heartily accepted, and afterwards embraced the new dogma and furnished it with a soothing interpretation.
Morley hid it under euphemisms such as "sense of opportuneness," "over-refining," or "simplicity"; or without comment simply allowed Gladstone to speak in his own defense.
The black leadership was divided over the opportuneness of his candidacy and over the support to be given him.