|A weak Paul VI a few weeks before his death|
Pope Paul VI had become distressed by the abuses of the liturgy after Vatican II and was determined to have the Novus Ordo Mass said in Latin. Apparently he planned to issue some sort of direction to this effect. Cardinal Leo Joseph Suenens got wind of what the Pope wanted to do and orchestrated a world wide response of bishops. Cardinal Suenens chose a day and on that day a majority of the world’s bishops telegrammed the Vatican protesting the Pope’s hoped for Latin requirement with threats to disobey.
This shows just how powerful Cardinal Suenens had become in the 1970s. This was mainly due to two reasons. Pope John XXIII had appointed him to a new Coordinating Committee that reviewed all the preparatory material of the Second Vatican Council and essentially set the agenda for the entire Council. Pope Paul VI, who succeeded Pope John XXIII in June 1963, made Cardinal Suenens one of the four moderators of the Council who presided over it.