New York: Sheed & Ward, 1961. First edition. Octavo, original gray cloth over blue paper boards, original dust jacket. Only slightest of edge-wear to bright and fresh dust jacket. Nearly-fine. Item #40
"SEND FORTH THY SPIRIT AND THOU SHALT RENEW THE FACE OF THE EARTH" First edition in English of this work on the ecumenical awakening of the Catholic Church during the advent of the Second Vatican Council. The book by the young Swiss theologian generated much enthusiasm with Thomas Merton calling it "one of the most exciting books I have read in years. There is really a breath of new life about this book and about his outlook. It is awake and frank, not wild, but objectively Catholic in the finest sense." Translated by Cecily Hastings and featuring Introductory Messages by Francis Cardinal König and Achille Cardinal Lienart. Contents: The Ecumenical Task of the Church, The Permanent Necessity of Renewal in the Church, The Framework for Catholic Renewal, Renewal of the Church, Past and Present, The Ecumenical Council and Renewal. With two appendices: Appendix 1. A Declaration of the German Bishops on the Relation between the Episcopate and the Papal Primacy. Appendix 2. Chronological Table of the Twenty Ecumenical Councils so far held in the History of the Church. Imprimi Potest.