Concentrated faith We Believe by a Priest (Mgr A N Gilbey) (by post from Dr A R D
Mathias, Peterhouse, Cambridge, CB2 1RD £7 including postage).
IT IS a pleasure and a honour to review this book which is a commentary on the Catechism. It is based on recordings of a series of talks by Monsignor Gilbey given to those who were enquiring about the Catholic Church. Nearly fifty years ago your reviewer was persuaded by these talks and I have never ceased to be grateful.
Of course. there have been changes in internal church discipline and rules and these are included in this book.
The author accepts all the changes because he acknowledges the full power of the Pope. Also, he does not try to write a new catechism but rather to emphasise what matters most. Truth and Faith are continually stressed with the authority of the Church which is according to St Paul "the pillar and the ground of truth." The Catholic Church is still the one ark of salvation for all.
The Incarnation is the most important factor in our life and the best prayer is constant meditation on an unchanging revelation.
The recent correspondence on lapsing Catholics at Cambridge would not have been necessary if they had read this book.
Youth does not want a religion altered to taste. The young want a challenge and a firm background.
This book is, therefore. essential reading for teachers and parents and indeed, all who wish to recall the background and substance of their faith.