In his introduction, the author says: ‘These writings pick up themes from … the summer-time and summer dazzle of the modern church in the years of Vatican II. These themes must be reconsidered in the light of what Karl Rahner already some thirty years ago or so-called the ‘Winter-time of the church’ and which, in the present writer’s view, has become a much more wintry time. That view may be influenced unduly by his own deeper entry into ‘winter light’ and his nostalgic return to some old themes and old dreams. Happily, new dreams do occur and can provoke a second, third or fourth spring, if not quite summer dazzle.’ The essays included here come in three parts, Old Themes, New Dreams and In Winter Light, ending with a very passionate Epilogue in the aftermath of the publication of the Dublin report just as the book was going to print.
About the Author
Enda McDonagh is the former professor of Moral Theology, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth. His previous books include Faith and the Hungry Grass, Theology in Winter Light and The Irish Reader in Moral Theology series, all Columba Press.