"Copyright 1976. Second Printing 1978. Third Printing 1980". -- verso of t.-p.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 168-178) and index.
Papers presented at a symposium sponsored by the Murphy Center for Liturgical Research.
"The papers in this book present historical, theological, and pastoral aspects of Christian initiation taken from scripture, early Church tradition, and the practices and teachings of the Church throughout its history. Also included are evaluations of the new Roman rites. The papers are intended to provide a new vantage point from which to view questions about Christian initiation and open up new possibilities for insight into their resolution. .... The consensus of the contributors ... is that the process of Christian initiation must be revived if the local church is to regain its health. They show how the new Roman rites can help accomplish this. This book will give pastors and parishioners a deeper understanding of the role of the sacraments of initiation in the Christian life". -- back cover.
Contents: Acknowledgements dated 25 September 195 / John Gallen -- Introduction: Christian Initiation: Tactics and Strategy / Aidan Kavanagh -- Christian Initiation in the New Testament / Reginald Fuller -- Development of the Christian Catechumenate / Robert M. Grant -- Dissolution of the Rite of Christian Initiation / Nathan D. Mitchell -- Christian Initiation: The Reformation Period / Leonel L. Mitchell -- Christian Initiation: The Post-Reformation Period to the Present Era / Daniel B. Stevick -- Christian Initiation of Adults: The Rites / Aidan Kavanagh -- Christian Initiation: The State of the Question / Ralph A. Keifer -- Hope for the Future: A Summary / Robert W. Hovda -- Bibliography -- Index.