SUNDAY MORNING CRISIS by Robert W. - Ed. Hovda


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Though identified essentially as the editor of this strongly worded book, Father Hovda is more than that. He actually contributes several very significant chapters. Taking his cue from the spirit of the ecumenical drive energized by the great Pope John, particularly as a result of the Vatican Council, Father Hovda argues frankly with the others on his side -- with full and complete candor -- on the unhappy condition of Catholic worship as it is practised today. The grace of the approach is manifest in his occasional levity and righteous but kind displeasure, along with evident exaggeration, to make a point. He and his cohorts see Catholics as less than participants in the worshipping community. Contributors to Sunday Morning Crisis include such names as Reinhold, McManus, Sloyan, Mannion, Dannemiller, Connolly and others. Rallying to his objective, Father Hovda argues for a renewal in Catholic worship. On reading through the book one cannot feel otherwise than that this is an American Hans Kung -- who is speaking through a variety of authorities on the local scene, respectfully and loyally but constructively critical. There is a lot of fresh air here which the bishops returning from the Council, perhaps with more freedom of action, could well take to heart as an indication of what they could now do in their dioceses to implement their resolutions.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1963
Publisher: Helicon