THE need for a simple, clear explanation of the new ideas in the Church is evident. Much of the bitterness in the "conservative-versus-progresssive" controversy arises from ignorance.
On the one side are those who do not know the inner significance of the new thinking. On the other are those who forget the historical basis for past thinking and the danger of moving too far too fast.
A new series of new pamphlets issued by L. J. Cary and Co. should help to remove sortie of the misunderstandings. Called "The Church in the World" series, these promise to be plain-speaking, sensible booklets which can do a lot to promote the new thinking at the grass-roots level.
Two of the first six pamphlets in the new series stand out. They arc Fr. Clifford Howell's Your Part in the Mass, an excellent analysis of the new liturgical ideas, and David Crawford's The Church and Politics, a thoughtful essay on a difficult subject. These are both priced at 9d.
The four others arc The The four others arc The Marriage Service, by Rev. Anthony Wheaton (6d.): Dialogue Mass, by Rev. Harold Winstone (9d.); The Stations of the Cross, by St. Alphonsus Liguori (9d.); arid Daily Prayers by Rev. Luke Connaughton, S.D.B. (6d,).
Two other excellent pamphlets come from Pastoral Publications, St. Edmund's College, Ware. One is aimed at priests who have to preach on the weekly Epistle and Gospel and consists of a brief introduction to the sermon. This gives the kernel of the sacred readings and suggests an application to our modern life. Called Introducing the Epistle and Gospel, it has text by Rev. J. Richards and costs 2s. 6d. The second St. Edmund's pamphlet is for the suffering and the sick. Introductory notes explain the significance and the spiritual value of suffering and the rest of the book contains the rite for Communion of the Sick as xsei1 as prayers before and after Communion. Text by Fr. Peter de RO7.8, price Is. 6d.