In 1940, Monsignor Luigi Ligutti recognized the destructive power that the mentality of work could have on leisure, pointing out how work can actually begin to reconstruct our personalities; a sort of counter-infusion in which idleness takes the place of the naturally human sensibilities and faculties. According to Ligutti:
ICMC was established in order to deal with the massive movement of refugees following the upheavals caused by the Second World War, and also in order to restore to millions of people the hope that they would be able to begin a new life. The initiative was the work of Monsignor Luigi Ligutti and the German Johannes Schauff, who submitted a proposal to Pope Pius XII to set up an international body to coordinate the work performed by Catholics in the field of migration. It was set up with the encouragement and support of Monsignor Giovanni Battista Montini, the future Paul VI, and from the beginning it coordinated the work of Catholic national groups working with migrants and providing technical assistance to groups and organisations at their request. It is recognised by the Holy See as an International Catholic Organisation and is a member of the Conference of ICOs. As an NGO it has consultative status with Ecosoc, Unicef, ILO, the Council of Europe and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
Chauncey Stillman’s donation of the Cornwall properties stemmed from his relationship with Monsignor Luigi Ligutti, an Italian-born priest who designed a New Deal program in which unemployed miners would be given land for homesteading in Iowa. Msgr. Ligutti rose to become the head of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference (NCRLC) and a close friend of Chauncey Stillman. He served on the board of Stillman’s Homeland Foundation and later lived in Stillman’s house in Rome.
|Repository:||The American Catholic Research Center and University Archives|
|Creator:||Luigi Ligutti, 1895-1983|
|Title:||Monsignor Luigi Ligutti - Vatican Council II Collection|
|Dates:||1959 (1960-1966) 1971|
|Extent:||8.5 linear feet; 17 boxes|
|Abstract:||This collection consists of two series. The first includes preparatory materials that Msgr. Luigi Ligutti complied for his work at Vatican II Council with the Commission on the Apostolate of the Laity, different drafts of Schema XIII: The Church in the Modern World, including some that reflect his personal involvement in its formation, as well as correspondence, articles, and some publications pertaining to the work of the council. The second series consists almost entirely of publications from the Vatican Press of various drafts of the Constitutions and Decrees of the Second Vatican Council. The majority of these publications are labeled as Msgr. Ligutti's own copies.|
|Language:||English, French, Italian, German, and Latin.|