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Massimo Faggioli is professor of theology and religious studies at Villanova University and a contributing editor for Commonweal. Among his books with Liturgical Press are True Reform: Liturgy and Ecclesiology in Sacrosanctum Concilium (2012); Pope John XXIII: The Medicine of Mercy (2014);and Sorting Out Catholicism: A Brief History of the New Ecclesial Movements (2014).


An articulate, clear response to those who seek to reject the liturgical renewal of the Council as inauthentic, antiquarian, and modernist.... A must-read for all those seeking a deeper understanding of the Second Vatican Council and the liturgical renewal of the Church.Timothy O'Malley, Church Life
Massimo Faggioli has emerged as one of the most insightful and energetic young scholars in Catholic theology today. In this bold new book, Faggioli makes a compelling argument that the significance of Vatican II's Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy was not limited to liturgical reform; the document established a compelling ecclesiological vision that set the agenda for later conciliar documents and the post-conciliar church. Faggioli lays out for us what is really at stake in the many recent assaults on the council's liturgical reform-nothing less than an assault on the entire ecclesiology of the Council. This book belongs on the short list of those truly indispensable studies of the Second Vatican Council.Richard R. Gaillardetz, McCarthy Professor of Systematic Theology, Boston College
True Reform is a thoroughly documented analysis of Sacrosanctum Concilium and its reception by the Second Vatican Council itself. The document's connection with the ecclesiology of the Council emerges fully. In this way, the book provides a deep understanding of the Council in its liturgical dimension and its unavoidable call to reform the Church in order to be more faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.Fr. Enzo Bianchi, Founder and prior of the ecumenical monastic Community of Bose
This is a valuable, even groundbreaking, study for the interpretation of Vatican II. Faggioli succeeds in showing how the liturgy constitution and the subsequent liturgical reform are essential for the understanding and implementation of the Council. It should be required reading for ecclesiologists and historians of the contemporary Church as well as for students of the liturgy-perhaps even for members of the Roman Curia.John F. Baldovin, SJ, Professor of Historical and Liturgical Theology, Boston College
I was particularly struck by the richness and multifaceted dynamism of the liturgical reform that Faggioli describes. . . . This work is both thought-provoking and timely.
Rita Ferrone, Commonweal
Faggioli argues masterfully for the ecclesiological dynamic of Sacrosanctum Concilium.
Hilmar Pabel, The Tablet
This masterful work is a must read for any who seriously wish to move beyond the battle for the meaning of the Second Vatican Council and enter into respectful dialogue, as also for any who wish to gain a fresh understanding of the Constitution's deeper meaning for the future renewal of the church.
Gilbert Ostdiek, OFM, Professor of Liturgy, Catholic Theological Union
This is an important and valuable book because Faggioli clarifies and supports with data what many have already known (and perhaps feared) about the critical link between liturgy and ecclesiology and the seminal importance of SC for the theology of Vatican II. This book should be read not only by liturgists, but also by ecclesiologists and all those interested in the legacy of Vatican II. It is an important resource for students of Vatican II, seminarians, and undergraduates and graduates of theology. The connections made are vital; the concerns raised are important, and the insights shared provide a fresh understanding of the legacy of Vatican II.
Judith M. Kubicki, Fordham University, American Catholic Studies

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