John Wijngaards has set himself a challenging task. He has lived a full and fascinating life. He tells his story with a luxury of detail. It is obvious he is telling it ‘like it is’, or was. For any Catholic who has lived the experience of post-Vatican II, his book is a significant contribution to the Church’s historical memory.
The task he has set himself is even more challenging because he is asking himself, at least implicitly, about what is the meaning of it all. His reply is to try to cipher his memoirs in the key of Ten Commandments for Church Reform. He traces his life-lines, stage by stage, to end at the formulation of a commandment which originates in his lived experience. This makes the book fascinating reading.