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Theologian Honored by Catholic Press Association

'reforming the liturgy: a response to critics' by rev. john baldovin, sj,receives first place award for liturgy from cpa

John Baldovin, SJCHESTNUT HILL, MA (June 2009) - School of Theology and Ministry Prof. of Historical and Liturgical Theology Rev. John Baldovin, S.J., has received the First Place Award in Liturgy from the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada for his book, Reforming the Liturgy: A Response to Critics (Liturgical Press).

In this book, Fr. Baldovin brings his scholarship and wide experience to make sense of the reform of the Catholic liturgy since the Second Vatican Council. He pinpoints and assesses - both sympathetically and critically - the objections to changes in the liturgy since the council, focusing on the philosophical, cultural and theological assumptions behind the objections. A final chapter assesses the critique of post-Vatican II liturgy as a whole, affirming what is meaningful, rejecting what is backward looking, and proposing a set of principles to guide future development.

"Perhaps no liturgical scholar of our time is better able than John Baldovin to write with clarity and accuracy about the meaning of the church's liturgy and the history of its development in the last half century," according to the Liturgical Press. "No one who studies or participates in liturgical action in the twenty-first century can afford to overlook this book."

Fr. Baldovin's other books include Bread of Life, Cup of Salvation and The Urban Character of Christian Worship.