The Office and Work of a Priest by Robert Martineau (Mowbrays fl.25)
ALTHOUGH intended for ordinands and young ordinati of the Church of England, much of the advice given in this book by the Bishop of Blackburn could be followed by priests of our Church. Indeed while reading these pages I was constantly reminded of Cardinal Heenan's ".1 he People's Priest" published some years ago.
Now that more of our parishes are administered by parochial councils, I was interested to discover what advice the author had to offer us. Although there are chapters entitled : "Parish Administration" and "Teams and Groups in a Parish," neither chapter had much to say on the subject.
The Expectation of the Poor by B. N. Y. Vaughan (S.C.M. Press Ltd £1.10) THE author, at present Bishop of British Honduwcas, subtitles his book "The Church and the Third World." It is a masterly study of the Christian's attitude to the developing countries. "Two things have become abundantly clear in the developing countries during the last ten years," writes the Bishop. "One of them is that you cannot satisfy the real needs of people only by providing them with more of the physical necessities of life. Economic growth is not the total answer to underdevelopment. The other is that the process itself, by which development goals are achieved, has a great deal to do with the failure to provide that human satisfaction."
The book ranges over such subjects as the interrelation and interaction of politics, culture, neo-colonialism. and education with the needs of the developing countries. The author concludes his study with essays on the theology of human development and the Christian meaning of man. As I was writing this review, I read of the determined stand by the Catholic Bishops of Honduras for the 2.8 million landless peasants in that country. The fact that this book is written from inside such a situation adds an authentic note.
Thinking About the Eucharist —Papers by members of the Church of England Doctrine Commission (S.C.M. 95p)
THE members of the Church of England Liturgical Commission working on the Series HI order of the Eucharist asked for comments on certain theological aspects of the Eucharist which had arisen during their discussions. The request was made to the Archbishops' Commission on Christian Doctrine. The answer to the request is contained in the eight essays comprising this Volume by members of the Commission, all Anglican theologians of repute.
Certainly a Roman Catholic could not subscribe to all the opinions expressed by tie authors, who, incidentally, are at pains to point out that each paper carries only the authority of its author and not that of the Church of England. Nevertheless, there is much of value to Christians of all denominations.
Those members of our Church who appear to have been disturbed by the Windsor statement, in particular by the alleged watering down of the Real Presence and of the sacrificial nature of the Mass, would do well to study Chapters 6 and 7 — "Sacrifice and the Eucharist" and "The Eucharistic Presence."