RECOVERING THE RICHES OF ANOINTING edited by Genevieve Glen, OSB ($12.95)

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Recovering the Riches of Anointing is a collection of the papers presented at an international symposium sponsored by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) as part of a long-term exploration of topics of theological and pastoral concern in pastoral care of the sick. This book looks at the anointing of the sick from the vantage point of theology, history, and canon law.

Since Vatican II the training and commissioning of lay Eucharistic ministers has enabled the sick and dying to receive the nourishment of Christ’s body and blood regularly in their confinement at home or an institution. The sacraments of penance and the anointing of the sick, however, have become less and less available as the number of ordained priests in chaplaincy is decreasing. In response to this pastoral problem Bishop Richard J. Sklba, auxiliary bishop of Milwaukee, suggested that the NACC gather theologians together to explore the history and practice of this sacrament and other rituals in the rich tradition of the Church. Thus the papers concerning this particular sacramental ministry were written and delivered at this conference.

Recovering the Riches of Anointing will be helpful for professional ministers of pastoral care; professional pastoral, liturgical, and sacramental theologians; and those engaged in pastoral ministry formation.

Chapters and contributors are:

  1. “Introduction,” by Kevin Tripp and Genevieve Glen, O.S.B.;
  2. “The Paschal Mystery: The Intersection of Ecclesiology and Sacramental Theology in the Care of the Sick,” by Susan K. Wood, S.C.L.;
  3. “Anointing of the Sick and the Forgiveness of Sins,” by Peter E. Fink, S.J.;
  4. “The Practice of Anointing and the Development of the Doctrine,” by Michael Drumm;
  5. “The Development of Sacramental Doctrine in the Church: Theory and Practice,” by Kevin Irwin;
  6. “Ministers and Rites for the Sick and Dying: Canon Law and Pastoral Options,” by John M. Huels, O.S.M.; and
  7. “Going Forth in the Spirit: The Road Before Us,” by Genevieve Glen, O.S.B.
Genevieve Glen, O.S.B., is oblate director and a member of the retreat staff at the Abbey of St. Walburga in Virginia Dale, Colorado. She has written and lectured extensively on liturgical theology and spirituality.

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