The priestly sins

by Greeley, Andrew M., 1928-2013.

Format: Large Print 2004
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CLP - Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians Large Print Books FICTION Greeley, CL 12270
Location  CLP - Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians
Collection  Large Print Books
Call Number  FICTION Greeley, CL 12270
CLP - Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians Large Print Books FICTION Greeley, CL 12270
Location  CLP - Library of Accessible Media for Pennsylvanians
Collection  Large Print Books
Call Number  FICTION Greeley, CL 12270
New York Times bestselling author. A well-told tale of love and courage that makes its valuable point without resorting to unnecessary violence or cheap and easy shock effects. It's fiction, but for anyone interested in the ongoing controversy it's a must-read. -- Publishers Weekly. The Priestly Sins tells the story of Father Herman Hoffman, a gifted and innocent young priest who, in his first parish appointment, is swept up in The Crisis after witnessing child abuse in the parish rectory. When he reports the abuse, he is rebuffed by the archbishop and vilified for denouncing a priest who has been cleared by the police. Father Hoffman learns the harsh fate of the whistle-blower in the contemporary Catholic Church. Forced to testify in a court hearing, Father Hoffman faces exile not only from his parish but from the priesthood itself. Written from the author's fifty years of experience as a priest, The Priestly Sins is an all-too-candid story of all-too-human priests. 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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Greeley tackles the timely and explosive topic of the sex-abuse scandals in the Catholic Church in his latest religious-themed page-turner. After Father Herman Hugh Hoffman, the wholesome prairie-bred hero of the tale, witnesses a fellow priest abusing a child in the parish rectory, he defies ecclesiastic protocol and jeopardizes his own future, reporting the heinous crime to both the police and the parents of the young victim. The incident is initially swept under the rug by the bishop and the perpetrator is transferred, but years later Father Hugh is called upon to testify in court about all the disturbing particulars of the case. Interwoven into the sensational account of priestly exploitation is an intimate portrait of a virtuous and honest priest's attempt to safely navigate through the turbulent waters of an often-corrupt institutionalized system. Although the recycled formula is vintage Greeley--an idealistic maverick priest takes on the traditional church--the controversial nature of the subject matter will guarantee a significant amount of time at the top of the best-seller lists. --Margaret Flanagan Copyright 2004 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "In an interview at the end of this audiobook, sociologist and priest Greeley confesses that the idea for this story stemmed from a letter sent to him by a young clergyman. Like the novel's protagonist, Herman Hoffman, the correspondent found himself sequestered in a psychiatric hospital after going public with an eyewitness account of a fellow priest molesting a child. The author uses these events, and an ensuing fictional court case, as bookends for an affecting novel about a small-town boy's struggles to follow his priestly calling. First, Hoffman has to end an idyllic, sexually charged relationship with a beautiful woman, then navigate a maze of religious bureaucracy and, finally, be smarter, tougher and more moral than anybody on the altar. His one key ally is Monsignor Blackie Ryan, the wily star of Greeley's detective series (The Bishop Goes to University, etc.). Reader Wyman's voice has a youthful, sincere quality that adds credibility to a number of underwritten scenes, including the one in which Herman abruptly ends his lengthy romance. The callow tone toughens and matures as the ordained Hoffman meets all other obstacles head-on, determined to become the kind of priest who can help restore the Catholic Church's glory. Simultaneous release with the Forge hardcover (Forecasts, Feb. 2). (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Clergy -- Fiction.
Whistle blowing -- Fiction.
Child sexual abuse by clergy -- Fiction.
Catholics -- Fiction.
Large type books.
Publisher Thorndike, Me. :Center Point Pub.,2004
Edition Center Point large print ed.
Language English
Description 430 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
ISBN 1585474436 (alk. paper)
9781585474431 (alk. paper)
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