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  • Series: Pueblo Books
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pueblo Books (January 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814662196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814662199
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #608,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone concerned with liturgical reform ought to listen to the critics and not become too comfortable. Baldovin helps us listen to their voices and continue the work of reform thoughtfully and with clear purpose.
Catholic Books Review


By engaging rather than ignoring his critics, the author is more than capable of identifying the successes and limitations of the post-conciliar liturgical reform. The end result is an honest and insightful reflection on the need for further reform—an objective sincerely shared by all those engaged in the renewal of liturgical worship.
Studia Canonica


John Baldovin’s book is a must-read for anyone who is interested in the process of and the prospects for the ongoing reform of the liturgy.
Sewanee Theological Review


Baldovin’s work is to be highly recommended. Indeed, any serious future discussion of pastoral liturgical issues will be unable to ignore this excellent analysis of the liturgical status quo.
Irish Theological Quarterly


The book deserves high praise for Baldovin’s perspicacity, his commitment to rigorous academic veracity, and his intrepidness.
Anglican Theological Review


This volume is an important contribution . . .
Emmanuel


This is an insightful book, well documented, and well thought out. The author truly has provided a service to the wider community, by showing the origins of so many contemporary criticisms and by giving a sound response. I would commend this book to any pastor or anyone involved in the restoration of liturgy in parishes.
Parish Liturgy


. . . [Baldovin’s] book remains an important step in the right direction.
America

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John Baldovin, SJ, Professor of Historical and Liturgical Theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

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55 of 63 people found the following review helpful By Alcuin Reid on April 23, 2009
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A commentator recently recalled Mahatma Gandhi's saying: "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." The occasion was the publication by a prominent North American academic liturgist, John Baldovin SJ, of Reforming the Liturgy: A Response to the Critics. It marks a significant stage in the recent disputes over the liturgy: for the first time the modern liturgical establishment which has been "in possession" has found it necessary to engage in dialogue with those who have advanced scholarly critiques of the reforms that followed the Council.

Baldovin's publisher and its journal, Worship, have studiously eschewed such debate. That they now find it necessary is a felicitous sign of the times. The "question of the liturgy" is on the mainstream agenda.

But Gandhi's saying is partially inadequate: Baldovin does not seek a fight. He wishes to treat the critics with "respect" and he "would not have written this book if [he] had thought that the critics had nothing to offer". This augurs well for serious, charitable discussion of the vital issues at stake, for the liturgy is the "source and summit" of the entire life of the Church.

However, I am not at all sure that Baldovin has provided a "response" to any or all of the scholars considered: his work is simply too thin to deal with the substantial works it surveys.

Rather, it is a summary of some of the major critiques which makes a few pertinent observations en route. He groups the critics into the philosophical, the historical, the theological and the sociological / anthropological.

Cambridge's Catherine Pickstock, though, defies such categorisation.
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By Gary S. on July 29, 2014
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Baldovin does a superb job in shedding light on the beauty of the two forms of the Mass and does so in light of Summorum Pontificum and the recent liturgical documents that have been issued. Best of all, rather than forcing his opinion on the reader, he allows for making one's own decision about the reform while presenting all that is necessary to make it.
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6 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Nagle on June 16, 2009
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John is a great scholar who has offered in his book a positive critique of the critics and helped me to put the criticism in a perspective that enables be to understand them better. I found the book very insightful and helpful to me.
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