The publishers' blurb runs as follows:
In these pages Archbishop Piero Marini reveals the vision, courage, and faith of the pastors and scholars who struggled to implement the Second Vatican Council’s teachings on the liturgy. While in some circles it is fashionable to propose “a reform of the liturgical reform,” any such revision needs to take into account the history of the consilium—the organism established by the Holy See to carry out the initial liturgical changes. This story of the work of the consilium offers a fascinating glimpse into the struggles and tensions that accompanied the realization of the council's dream to promote the "full, conscious and active participation" of the faithful in Roman Catholic worship.Shawn Tribe (NLM: Liturgical Press and Piero Marini) pertinently observes:
But what is of particular interest is the reference to the reform of the reform. While it is intended as a subtle critique of course, that the movement should be so mentioned is really quite complementary for it seems demonstrative of how much the movement to re-assess the liturgical reforms is recognized as being influential -- or put another way, how much it is understood as a being a real threat.The book is to be launched at an "invitation only reception" (pdf 241kb) on 14 December in the Throne Room of Archbishop's House, Westminster. Damien Thompson has commented entertainingly on this event, pointing out the subtext ("sticking up two fingers to Pope Benedict’s liturgical renewal.")
Blackfen does not have a Throne Room at the moment. If I am to be brutally realistic, it is unlikely to have one in the foreseeable future. However there must surely be an some attractive Victorian premises somewhere with a community that could host a visit from, say, Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith. Just an idea...