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RELIGIOUS BOOKS TODAY By Fr. Gerard Meath • Two of

the new liturgical books are timely in view of the new Roman Canon of the Mass Early Sources of the Liturgy by Lucien Deiss (Geoffrey Chapman 21s) gives a historical survey of the early liturgical texts from the first six centuries mostly concerned with the Eucharist. The Canon of the Mass and Liturgical Reform by Cipriano Vagaggini (Geoffrey Chapman 30s) offers data on which any kind of reform must be based. Since Fr. Vagaggini was a peritus at the Council, helped to draft the Constitution on the Liturgy and is now, among other things, a member of the subcommission studying the structure of the Mass he speaks with considerable authority. He also speaks with learning and reverence. To all this is added clarity of the highest order. Everyone will find this work of the greatest value and will be surprised at the ease with which it is possible to grasp what are often obscure textual problems.

• Two more Grail Simplified Council Documents come to hand: This is the Liturgy and This Is the Church in the World Today (Geoffrey Chapman 2s. 6d. each).

0 There is also a very important study of Vatican H-The Second Vatican Council. Studies by eight Anglican Observers edited by Canon Pawley (0.U.P. 210. This is the only book of its kind and is imperative reading for all students of the Council and all

engaged in ecumenical work. • Theo Westow's Introducing Contemporary Catholicism (SCM 95. 6d.) is a report on the state of the Church; an enormous task adequately done, and his analysis does not claim to reflect a more than personal view.

• In The Church Against Itself (Sheed & Ward 27s. 6d.) Rosemary Radford Ruether presents an existentialist view of the eternal church involved in time and how it reacts on 'tradition' and living revelation.

The Coming Christ and the Coming Church by Edmund Schlink (Oliver & Boyd 55s.) is a learned work of ecumenism translated from a German publication of 1961.

• In Christian Maturity (Burns & Oates 30s.) Fr. Bernard Haring offers a discursive pastoral work on holiness and the law of love as an essential part of human dignity.

• World Christian Handbook (Lutterworth Press 42s.) is a valuable reference book with nine informative introductory chapters; the statistical section is ample and clear. • Catechism of Vatican H by Franco Pierini (St. Paul Publications 15s.) is another valuable handbook listing the teachings of Vatican H under the answers to over six hundred questions. The Vatican documents themselves are quoted as they stand and there is a useful index.

• Commentary on the Documents of Vatican II edited by Herbert Vorgrimler Volume One (Burns & Oates 70s.) is a substantial, heavyweight but digestible work. The first volume

comments on the Liturgical Constitution, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church and the Decrees, on Mass Media and the Eastern Churches. The actual commentary is beautifully laid out with clear references.

• Liturgy is What we Make it (Sheed SE Ward 13s. 6d.) by Oliver and Ianthe Pratt is an account of 'liturgical' experiments in home and school.

• Structure of Christian Priesthood by Jean Paul Audet (Sheed • Ward 14s.) is a historical account of the life of the priest in the early Church throwing light on the needs of today.

• The Ministry of the Word (Burns & Oates 12s. 6d.) results from the 1966 Spode Conference on Practical Liturgy; lively, vivid, varied and, as it claims, practical.

• Doctrinal Development and Christian Unity (Sheed & Ward 25s.) is a study edited by Nicholas Lash of the impact of doctrinal development on ecumenism, holy orders and church authority.

• Faith and the Adolescent by Pierre Babin (Burns & Oates 13s. 6d.) is a learned, practical and lively study of how to bring the Christian life to the young.

• In the new edition of the New Testament in the Jerusalem Bible translation (DLT 10s. 6d.) we have a handy-in the literal sense of the word-volume. The marginal cross references of last year's complete edition have been eliminated; historical introduction and notes are cut to a minimum; but the paragraphing

and subheadings remain. This is an excellent 'Reader's Edition' as it describes itself. The only pity is that the print is small and the typeface not sufficiently clearly cut to make up for this.

• Praise the Lord (Mercier Press 10s. 6d.) continues the Weber and Kilgallon series of sermon outlines; this time it is the Sunday homilies and the authors even contrive to link them up with appeals for special collections.

• Historical Information for New Testament Students (Burns • Oates 7s. 6d.) by John Bligh is an excellent handbook for students and anyone engaged in conducting study groups; there are short essays, diagrams, time charts, maps. and even lists of test questions.

• The Divine Apostle by M. F. Wiles (C.U.P. 35s.) is an interpretation of Saint Paul's Epistles with special reference to the doctrine of grace and faith and the person of Christ.

• The Religion of Israel by Henry Renckens S.J. (Sheed & Ward 37s. 6d.) is a translation of a book published in Germany in 1962; it presents the Old Testament as the living foundation of Christianity.

• The Inspired Word by Luis Alonso Schokel (Burns & Oates 63s.) is an important original work which approaches an understanding of the Scriptures through an understanding of linguistics, literary theory and especially poetic communication. This has long been needed and must be most welcome.

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