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Believing in Order to SeeOn the Rationality of Revelation and the Irrationality of Some Believers$
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Jean-Luc Marion

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823275847

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823275847.001.0001

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On the Eminent Dignity of the Poor Baptized

On the Eminent Dignity of the Poor Baptized

(p.47) 4 On the Eminent Dignity of the Poor Baptized
Believing in Order to See

Jean-Luc Marion

, Christina M. Gschwandtner
Fordham University Press

Marion criticizes the distinction between clerics and laity, which turns the layperson into a militant defender of the faith and ignores the priestly function they already have in virtue of their baptism. It turns clerics into officials dependent on the laity instead of the ones who administer the sacraments. The two kinds of priesthood (baptismal and presbyteral) are linked. We must convert ourselves and the world. The priest calls the assembly together only in the Name of Christ. The priest is in service of the community, helping the baptized to grow into Christ. We become Christian only through imitation of Christ. The proper role of the baptized Christian is to communicate Christ to the world by converting himself.

Keywords:   baptized, Church, cleric, lay, militant, priesthood

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