Fall 1969

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Ed Marciniak

Tomorrou/s Christian A Review of Two Reviews

The experience of a distinguished "seeular Ch1¡istian" is refiected in his search for a theowgy of the Church.

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Why was Tomor1¡ow's Christian written? Speaking personally, I saw many of my friends (laity and priests) agitated by change. Sorne were in serious trouble, splashing about wildly in uncertain seas. I saw many a priest struggling, by himself, for self-respect and identity. His problem, I knew, could be resolved-not alone, not with other priests, not with his bishop, not with the Pope but with al! of them and especially with those ordinary Christians on whose behalf he has been called to be a priest. To questions about his priesthood, his profession, his role, his unique service, a priest will find few helpful answers outside the community of Christians, which is the Church. In a spirit of collegiality and co-responsibility, I wanted the experience of the secular Christian (the layman so-called to be reflected in the present search for a living theology of 241