So then, it may seem incredible, but “there is a whole series of papers and documents that are as yet unexplored, and have tremendous value for understanding both the spirit of the Council and the correct hermeneutic of the documents.”
This is what an archivist of the Secret Vatican Archive wrote at the conclusion of an astonishing account published in “L’Osservatore Romano” of May 1, 2012.
The archivist, Piero Doria, has worked and is working precisely on the compilation and reorganization – so that it may be made available to scholars – of an enormous body of documentation of the conciliar proceedings that over time had fallen prey to neglect, or had even been partly misplaced.
For example, it has been discovered that among the papers that have gone missing is “the register of protocol of the theological commission and of the commission ‘De doctrina fidei et morum,'” two conciliar commissions of capital importance.
The Osservatore article by archivist Doria (Italian):