A logical presentation of the sacraments as the principle acts of worship in the Catholic church Synthesizes contemporary research on symbol, ritual, and sacramental, liturgical and pastoral theology into a single, readable resource Each chapter ends with questions for reflection and discussion....
|Title||:||Pastoral Foundations of the Sacraments: A Catholic Perspective|
|Publisher||:||Paulist Press March 1, 1998|
|Number of Pages||:||208 pages|
|File Size||:||963 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Pastoral Foundations of the Sacraments: A Catholic Perspective Reviews
Superbly simple read. Yet, a great aid to a person trying to venture into a deeper Sacramental understanding.
Klein, like the rest of the new theologians have bought into modernist philosophy. If you want solid traditional material on the sacraments I would avoid this like the plague. Fr. Gregory Klein writes in this book on page 86, the following, "Eucharist begins with the assembly, the people gather in the name of Jesus Christ. While the details of the environment in which the people gather, the occasion on which people gather, and the manner in which people gather are not unimportant, eucharist is about people." This is the prevailing mentality that modern theologians have today. Pope Benedict XVI however sees this theological position as being in complete contradiction to the true meaning of the liturgy and the Eucharist. "For the Liturgy is not about us, but about God. Forgetting about God is the most imminent danger of our age. As against this, the Liturgy should be setting up a sign of God's presence." (The Organic Development of Liturgy, page 13) On page 83 he quotes known dissenter Fr. Richard P. McBrien, "The ancient custom of reserving the eucharist for the sick and dying gradually led to the practice of placing tabernacles in churches, often on the altar, and the custom of eucharistic devotion tended to overshadow the actual celebration of the eucharist." It is clear that these "new theologians" view devotion to God in the Blessed Sacrament as being an obstruction to true "Eucharistic" celebration!
I am still in the process of reading it. So far, it is very informative.