Spring 1969

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YOUTH

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that they are a pilgrim people; and at the sound of the trumpet they must be willing to break camp and move on to a fuller vision of the truth. CONCLUSION

A bishop once suggested to me that we close all seminaries until youth had reached adulthood. Many a harried seminary professor has undoubtedly toyed with the idea in his more depressed moments. Actually we can no more close our seminaries than we can our universities because of student protests. As Riesman and Jencks have shown, moreover, there is much on campus that deserves protest. Among the countless questions that youth is asking, there are heard real questions that we can ignore only at the peril of the Church and society. Youth's crisis of growth is, I believe, a developmental moment for both the Church and theology.