Last Things First
Roman Catholic Books
Which makes his views on the Church and the Mass since VaticanII all the more valuable—and exceptionally useful to traditionalistswho need allies from the "outside." Fluidly and brilliantly, Phillipsoutlines the case against the New Church, deftly invoking remarksby Catholic influentials like Pope Benedict himself.
Sampling of book chapters and themes:
His repeated notes of encouragement and hope inspired Msgr.Ignacio Barreiro to call Dr. Phillips's volume,"Some of the most valuable post-Vatican II writing by anytraditionalist observer. His credentials as an author andcommentator are solid, and his approach to the crisis in theChurch makes Robert Phillips a leading force forconstructive reform. Moreover, his much-underrated pieceson the post-Christian social crisis of the West make thisbook essential reading all by themselves."
"Filled with fresh insights into old questions. Thus it containsquite an important chapter on Pope Pius XII and theposthumous attacks that have been visited upon that greatpontiff....My favorite essay in this book is 'Deconstructing theMass.' Here Professor Phillips gives the reader a crash course inwhat has happened to philosophy over the past few centuries,and how it relates to the liturgical reform of the 1960s."—Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Latin Mass