In This Issue: Worship, February 2017


Here are abstracts from the January issue of Worship as well as the list of books that were reviewed. For more information on Worship, or to subscribe to the journal, please visit its website.

The Amen Corner, Paul Turner: “On Conditional Baptism” 

Conditional baptism is still widely practiced, even though it enters ecumenically sensitive territory. This article explores the history and contemporary Roman Catholic legislation pertaining to the practice.

Cardinal Charles Maung Bo, SDB: “Asia Challenges the World Church”

The homilies of Cardinal Charles Maung Bo bookended the 2016 International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu, Philippines. Bo, the papal delegate to the Congress, presided at the opening and closing Congress eucharistic celebrations. His homilies weave together the Congress theme, “Christ in you, the Hope of Glory,” exploring the relationship between Eucharist and social justice, and Eucharist and mission.

Mark Francis CSV: “Liturgy and Inculturation Since Vatican II: Where are We?  What have we Learned?”

This article discusses the original impetus for what we now know as “inculturation.” The bishops of Vatican II emphasized that human culture needs to be taken seriously in the worship event, and that there needs to be a more flexible approach to liturgical diversity within the Roman Rite. Very soon after the Council, curial officials began a concerted attempt to stall the decentralization of the authority necessary for inculturation to take place. Until the pontificate of Francis, and despite some notable attempts at inculturation in Africa, and Asia, this resistance began to dominate official pronouncements on inculturation, exemplified in the restrictive and backwards looking document on translation, Liturgiam Authenticam. No official progress in fulfilling the wish for inculturation voiced by Vatican II can be made until this document is substantially revised.

Francis J. Moloney, SDB: “‘He Loved Them to the End’: Eucharist in the Gospel of John”

The Gospel of John has several passages reflecting the practice of Eucharist. The multiplication of the loaves and fishes in John 6:1-15 uses expressions that are widely found in other accounts of early Christian Eucharistic practices. After a discourse on true “bread from heaven” (vv. 25-48), Jesus insists upon the need to eat his body and drink his blood (vv. 49-58). Eucharist lies behind the flow of blood and water from the side of the pierced body of Christ (19:34-35). John’s unique witness to Eucharist is found in 13:1-38. Jesus gives himself unconditionally in Baptism (vv. 1-17) and in Eucharist (vv. 21-38), to disciples who will betray him (vv. 2, 10-11, 21-30), deny him (vv. 36-38), and who do not understand (vv. 6-10, 24, 28, 36-37). He tells them this “now,” in their failure, so that “later” they might come to believe that he is the living presence of God among them (v. 19: that I AM HE).

Thomas Krosnicki, SVD: “By Way of Comment: The 2014 Homiletic Directory” 

After reconstructing the genesis of the 2014 Vatican Homiletic Directory, this follows with a critique, by way of comments on its two basic parts: “The Nature and Preparation of the Homily” and “The Art of Preaching.” It judges that the first part has been covered better in earlier ecclesial documents and that the second part offers but a limited collection of “homily directions”— paragraphs intended to spark the homiletic process.

The Homiletic Directory has received little attention. This article offers a thought provoking list of a dozen reasons for that worldwide non-reception.

Book Reviews:

The Eucharist: Origins and Contemporary Understandings. By Tomas O’Loughlin. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015. Pages, 229 + xvii. Paper, $34.95. ISBN: 978-0-567-38459-1. Reviewed by John F Baldovin, SJ.

The Crisis of Confidence in the Catholic Church. By Raymond Helmick, SJ. New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2014. Pages, 269. Cloth, $32.95. ISBN: 978-0-5674-6425-5. Reviewed by Kristen Colberg.

Treasures of Irish Christianity: A People of the Word. Edited by Salvador Ryan and Brendan Leahy. Dublin: Veritas, 2013. Pages, 320. Paper, €19.99. ISBN: 978-1-84730-431-5. Reviewed by Margaret Daly-Denton.

Rationale V: Commentary on the Divine Office. By William Durand. Edited by Timothy Thibodeau. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2015. Pages, 227. Cloth, €50. ISBN: 978-2-503-55550-8. Reviewed by Michael S. Driscoll.

Struggle, Condemnation, Vindication: John Courtney Murray’s Journey toward Vatican II. By Barry Hudock. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2015. Pages, 185. Paper, $19.95. ISBN: 978-0-8146-8322-4. Reviewed by Bernard Evans.

Exploring Catholic Theology: Essays on God, Liturgy and Evangelization. By Robert Barron. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015. Pages, 272. Paper, $24.99. ISBN: 978-0-8010-9750-8. Reviewed by Kevin W. Irwin.

Worship and Culture: Foreign Country or Homeland? Edited by Gláucia Vasconcelos Wilkey. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014. Pages, 441. Paper, $36.00. ISBN: 978-0-8028-7158-9. Reviewed by Lizette Larson Miller.

The Inspiration and Truth of Sacred Scripture: The Word that Comes from God and Speaks of God for the Salvation of the World. By the Pontifical Biblical Commission. Foreword by Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller. Translated by Thomas Esposito and Stephen Gregg. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2014. Pages, 181. Paper, $19.95. ISBN: 978-0-8146-4903-9. Reviewed by Irene Nowell, OSB

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