For a few years the Cathedral staff of the Diocese of Brooklyn has sponsored lectures by outspoken members of the Roman Catholic hierarchy (e.g., Bernardin, Gumbleton, Weakland) on such topics as the arms race, poverty, apartheid, and women in the church. This volume contains 18 of the more timely lectures. The latest example of insightful work by bishops who share a critical, prophetic view on social issues, it will inspire heated debate, as did the first two drafts of the pastoral letter on the U.S. economy. An excellent source for study groups interested in justice and peace issues. John Broderick, Sociology Dept., Stonehill Coll., N. Easton, Mass.