The priesthood of the laity"" has been a fashionable expression for some time now, and here, finally, someone has gotten around to explaining what is implied in the reconciliation of those two apparently mutually- exclusive terms: ""priesthood"" and ""laity."" Unfortunately, Father McCarthy goes about his task in a roundabout way, spending most of his time in developing the biblical background of the concept of ""priesthood""; only the last three chapters explain that the layman is a ""priest"" insofar as he participates actively in the active ministry of the Church. Thus, the reader's patience and curiosity are exhausted long before the subject has been advanced beyond the preliminary stages. It is unfortunate that McCarthy had not the inspiration to adopt a less logical, but more human, approach to the organization of his material. He obviously is more than capable of producing a work that would have a value more immediately practical than as an exercise in the virtue of forbearance.