One of the first steps in the preparation of Vatican II was the Vaticans soliciting of recommendations for the conciliar agenda from the worlds bishops, from the heads of clerical religious orders, from Catholic universities and faculties, and from the offices of the Roman Curia. I published two articles on the responses of the U.S. bishops, first a lengthy one published as "U.S. Bishops' Suggestions for Vatican II," Cristianesimo nella Storia 15 (1994) 313-71, and then in summary form in Commonweal under the title "What They Said Before the Council: How the U.S. Bishops Envisioned Vatican II," Commoweal 117 (1990) 714-17. I have made them both available here.
Rev. Joseph A. Komonchak, professor emeritus of the School of Theology and Religious Studies at the Catholic University of America, is a retired priest of the Archdiocese of New York.