AS IT WAS IN THE BEGINNING: THE COMING DEMOCRATIZATION OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH By Robert McClory Crossroad, 240 pages, $19.95
In the tradition of Hebrew prophets who protested the present more than foretold the future, Robert McClorys As It Was in the Beginning is a prophetic work. The author is hopeful, present evidence to the contrary, that the democratization of the Catholic church must surely come, like the triumph of truth, no matter how delayed.
Mr. McClory is certainly not naive about the challenges. He sees the Catholic church as the last deeply rooted feudal system in the Western world. And yet he is fully confident that the original vision of an inclusive and participative community of all the baptized presses on to fulfillment. He is consoled that fierce resistance to change is often the last hurrah of a faltering regime.