Here is a rare opportunity for Catholic or Protestant laymen. A chance to see and sit on the priest's side of the grating in the confesional box, to understand his part, to learn his training, to discover that he has been tutored in philosophy and made to study human sin until nothing shocks, surprises or disgusts him. He is able to hear confessions with deep humility, administer absolution and give penance as he believes God would. There are excellent chapters in the second half of the book on the penitent -- clear, helpful suggestions on how to plan and give one's confession. Certainly a must for Catholic laymen as well as theologians, a book from which the Oxford Groupers might learn and profit. It might be worth suggesting to them.