"Similar to a good mystery novel, Baldovin's newest contribution to both academic and pastoral liturgy is a page-turner. I began reading and couldn't put it down--this is one of the most interesting and insightful books I've read in a long time. Baldovin presents two or more sides of many contentious liturgical issues, among them faithfulness to tradition and the liturgical vision of Vatican II; entertainment vs. christocentric models of celebration; translation, vernacular, and inclusive language; placement of altar and tabernacle and orientation of the presider-celebrant; and liturgical music. His chapter on the theology of Pope Benedict XVI is superb. Writing in his usual studious but conversational style, Baldovin gives us much to think about and challenges us to listen to all sides. Would that we are all as sensitive, honest, and charitable in our critiques!" --Joyce Ann Zimmerman, CPPS, Director, Institute for Liturgical Ministry, Dayton, Ohio
About the Author
John F. Baldovin, SJ, is professor of historical and liturgical theology at Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. His most recent books include Bread of Life, Cup of Salvation and The Urban Character of Christian Worship.