A METHODIST OBSERVER AT VATICAN II by Albert C. Outler

A METHODIST OBSERVER AT VATICAN II

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This amusing and enlightening account of a Methodist observer's experiences during the momentous days of Vatican II describes the author's transition from a state of skepticism--after all, he says, in the eyes of Rome ""the Orthodox were excommunicated; the Protestants were anathematized""--to one of active and interested participation in the proceedings. The book is not an encomium of things Catholic so much as an appreciation of things catholic in the Church of Christ. As such, it is a fascinating and highly readable narrative presentation of conciliar Rome, as seen through the eyes of an outsider who became, almost inadvertently, an insider, and the book, while sympathetic, is appropriately critical and objective. Mr. Outler's work will be of interest primarily to Protestant readers, who may be assured of an unprejudiced appraisal of the Council's significance; but it will appeal also to Catholics who are interested in knowing how the whole thing looked to the rest of the Christian Churches.

Pub Date: March 6th, 1967
Publisher: Newman