A panoramic view of the Catholic Church in the past 100 years compressed into a small area aptly describes the achievement of Dr. Joseph Folliet in World Catholicism Today. A world traveler, teacher, sociologist and director of the social institute of the Facuite's Catholiques de Lyon, Dr. Folliet, though given to occasional oratorical flourishes of style succeeds in giving a bookish version of a responsible journalist-like report of Catholicism around the globe. A historical sketch introduces the book which goes ""inside"" contemporary Catholicism on a geographical basis; proceeds to a review of factual studies made about the Church, evaluating their contributions; details the problems contemporary Catholicism faces, and offers solutions which demand of the laity particularly a distinctive spirituality directed to the times. A felicitous translation by Edmond Bonin contributes to the ""reading-on-the-run"" quality of the text. Its necessarily broad evaluations what interest in further reading into the subject. A bibliography of some sort would have contributed to the book's value. Nevertheless, here is a timely discussion, with background supplied to give quick perspective, which should point up how the Church has woven into the fabric, mentality and mores of this mass urban and technological civilization in which it must exist.