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BOOK REVIEWS363 dUferent. UsuaUy as Christian Democracy, its record was cleaner and, with the possible exception of Belgium, it achieved more success in the fifty years after 1945 than during the thirty years before it. Of course, critics stUl note, as does Karl-Egon Lortne in his essay, that postwar Christian Democrats stiU leaned toward conservatism. Lonne sees this in part as a result of the triumph ofJesuit personalist thought over Dominican Christian socialism. John PoUard also recounts the faUure of the ItaUan DCs left wing during the 1950's, or perhaps more exactly, the Party's reluctance to experiment. The Italian case, especiaUy, begs the need to carry the analyses past the mid-1960's and end with the catastrophe of the 1990's. Some chapters maintain a strictly poUtical focus while others, particularly the one on the Netherlands by Paul Luykx, enrich the discussion with considerations of political Catholicism's social impact. The place of the Holy See, furthermore, is sometimes missing in the analyses. Although part of Conway's introduction addresses this, a separate essay, specificaUy on Rome and politics, might have added something to the collection. Furthermore, one wishes that an essay on Austria could have been included. The editors lament this Ui theU introduction . And, because of eastern Europe's exceptional cUcumstances after 1945, that region receives no attention in this book. FinaUy, one great plus in a collection like this is that it enables the student of one country to appreciate better the work accomplished by coUeagues "across borders." SoUd research on each country is amply displayed here by the wealth of notes to each chapter, and the reader benefits. These footnotes, alone, in Buchanan's and Conways's admirable book wUl keep this student occupied for a long time. Roy Domenico The University ofScranton From Malines to ARCIC: The Malines Conversations Commemorated. Edited byA. Denaux in coUaboration withJ. Dick. [Bibliotheca Ephemeridum Theologicarum Lovaniensium, CXXX.] (Leuven, Belgium: Leuven University Press/Uitgeverij Peeters. 1997. Pp. ix, 317. BE 1,800 paperback.) This volume, comprising essays in English or in French, is the outcome of a commemoration ofthe five conversations between a few Catholic and Anglican theologians that took place Ui Malines under the responsibUity of Cardinal Désiré Mercier between 1921 and 1926. This, however, is the topic of Part I: it includes a historical survey of the conversations, by Emmanuel Lanne, two texts presented during the conversations, notably Lambert Beauduin's paper, "The Anglican Church, United, Not Absorbed" (1925), a Report on the meetings (1927), an annotated bibliography by John Dick, in which his volume The Malines Conversations Revisited (1989) occupies a surprising amount of space, and an essay on "Ecumenical Contacts between Belgium and England since the Malines Conversations," by Adelbert Denaux. 364BOOK REVIEWS Part II examines the dialogues that foUowed Vatican CouncU II, namely, the work of ARCIC (AngUcan-Roman Catholic International Commission>I (1969-1981) and -II (since 1981), on the assumption that they were made possible largely by the experience of Malines. This section is, however, unequal. "A Brief History ofARCIC," by Denaux, is more complete and exact for ARCIC-II, of which the author became a member in 1993, than for ARCIC-I. The Preparatory Commission, with its three meetings (1967-1968), receives only fifteen lines, is not analyzed, and its membership is not even indicated. Nonetheless, its Malta Report (1968) set the perspective, methodology, and ecclesiology of ARCIC-I. The main dUficulties and tensions of the dialogue are passed over. The contribution of national dialogues to the international commission is overstated. The Usting of the titles or topics of essays presented at the meetings is highly selective , and the membership of some subcommissions is missing. Incidentally, ARCIC, I or II, never met at "Casa Cardinale Piazzo" (Venice), as reported six times, but at Casa Cardinale Piazza. One point seems to be ignored: When they gathered at Windsor Castle in 1981, most of the participants had no idea that this would be their last meeting; in 1980 they had been assured that there was no reason for their commission not to continue for several more years! Thus the Final Report was not a planned document, but the result of...

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1534-0708
Print ISSN
0008-8080
Pages
pp. 363-364
Launched on MUSE
2016-10-05
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