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Riassunto: Not since his runaway bestseller, The Cardinal Sins, has Father Andrew M. Greeley written such a searing and topical novel about the state of the Catholic Church.
The Priestly Sins tells the story of Father Herman Hoffman, a gifted and innocent young man from the distant prairies of the Great Plains. In the first summer of his first parish appointment, Hoffman is swept up in The Crisis after witnessing child abuse in the parish rectory. He tells the pastor, the father of the victim, and the local police but is rebuffed by the archbishop. Soon he is vilified for denouncing a priest who has been "cleared" by the police and learns the harsh fate of the whistle-blower in the contemporary Catholic church: He is locked up in a mental-health center and then sent into exile to do graduate study.
In Chicago to study immigrant history, he encounters the local "Vicar for Extern Priests," the legendary Monsignor Blackie Ryan, who helps him regain his confidence. Hoffman returns home to demand a parish of his own from the archbishop. Reluctantly, the church hierarchy assigns him to a dying parish, but by his zeal and charm Hoffman revives the local church. His brief idyll is shattered by a subpoena to testify in a court hearing. If he speaks, he will have to take on the "downtown" establishment that is determined to destroy him and many of his fellow priests who want to be rid of this painful reminder of a sinful past. Hoffman faces exile not only from his parish, but from the priesthood itself.
Writing from the author's fifty years of experience as a priest, The Priestly Sins will be criticized by some but embraced by most as an all-too-candid story of all-too-human priests. The Priestly Sins is Father Greeley's most electrifying novel in three decades, a novel sure to rise up the bestseller lists.
Recensione: This extremely topical novel by the prolific author, priest and sociologist, has a particular perspective on the crisis facing the Church today; Greeley, who has been humanizing the Catholic hierarchy for readers of popular fiction for decades, makes it all too clear how and why pedophile priests were protected by their superiors, shuffled from parish to parish, allowed to victimize so many youngsters for so long--and are cointinuing to do so even now. Father Herman Hoffman, Greeley's sympathetic protagonist, is a whistle-blower whose efforts to do the right thing are so forcefully resisted by his superiors that his parish, his priesthood, and even his own faith are put to the test. In this somewhat wooden docudrama, the evil archbishop is routed, the bad priest dies, the good priest is promoted, the victims are avenged, and the road to the bestseller list paved with good intentions. --Jane Adams
Titolo: The Priestly Sins
Casa editrice: Center Point Large Print
Data di pubblicazione: 2004
Condizione libro: very good
Descrizione libro Center Point Pub. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Book shows minor use. Cover and Binding have minimal wear and the pages have only minimal creases. Codice libro della libreria G1585474436I3N10
Descrizione libro Center Point Large Print. Hardcover. Condizione libro: VERY GOOD. little to no wear, pages are clean. The cover and binding are crisp with next no creases. Codice libro della libreria 2723431001
Descrizione libro Center Point Pub, Thorndike, Maine, U.S.A., 2004. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Good. Reliable large print edition withdrawn from the library. Book is stamped on the inside cover page by the library. No stamps to the page edge. In the plastic protective covers. Presentable!. Codice libro della libreria HCDEC2809000030
Descrizione libro Center Point Large Print, Thorndike, Maine, U.S.A., 2004. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. 1585474436 2004 crisp tight hardcover LARGE PRINT very good dust jacket. Codice libro della libreria 046333
Descrizione libro Center Point, Me, 2004. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. Cover Art (illustratore). Large Print. X-Library with normal flaws.LARGE PRINT.The hard cover and the jacket has light shelf wear .Yellowing pages. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Hard Back. Codice libro della libreria NO 39391
Descrizione libro Center Point Large Print, 2004. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Used: Good. Codice libro della libreria SONG1585474436
Descrizione libro Center Point Large Print, 2004. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 1585474436