He spoke in the Pro-Cathedral, Dublin, on return from the final session of the Council,
December 1965. The text of his address was issued by the Diocesan Press Office:
... You may, in the last four years, have been disturbed at times by reports about the Council. May I who have assisted at every meeting of the Council reassure you that the Council was a wondrous example of dignity and seriousness and courtesy. You may have been worried by much talk of changes to come. Allow me to reassure you. No change will worry the tranquillity of your Christian lives.