THE POSTCONCILIAR PARISH by James- Ed O'Gara

THE POSTCONCILIAR PARISH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The ""postconciliar parish"" is today the arena in which the problems of the Church are being worked out on a practical level, for it is itself the most problematic unit of the institutional Church. Will it survive? Indeed, can it survive in its present form? These are two of the important questions which this collection sets out to answer. Unfortunately, there are too many answers provided by too many people, and too few of those answers have any validity except as an expression of a contributing author's bias. There are exceptions, of course; a few of the essays--e.g., Father Daniel Mallette's on ""the inner city""-- are moving and convincing, some are stimulating (Martin Marty's ""A Protestant View"" and Daniel Callahan's ""Creating a Community""). But the overall impression created by this book, despite the prestige lent to it by the editor's name, is one of chaotic disunity qua collection, and lack of editorial direction so far as the individual pieces are concerned. Another non-book, published for a non-market.

Pub Date: Nov. 9th, 1967
Publisher: Kenedy