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 reforman objective sincerely shared by all those engaged in the renewal of liturgical worship.
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 . . .
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.
. . . [Baldovin’s] book remains an important step in the right direction.
About the Author
John Baldovin, SJ, Professor of Historical and Liturgical Theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry