A tale that cried out to be told. There was a time when the people who took the vocation of Priest were placed on pedestals. By now, that aura has been removed. That alone shows some bad apples do indeed spoil the whole bunch.
Strikingly this is simply this man’s story. It is presented that this is like a Shakespearean tragedy. I saw not a small amount of Monty Python and Benny Hill in this. In some ways, I saw Death of a Salesman in this too. It seems trite, but this shows the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. The argument of genetics vs. environment gets a vote for the environment. A child raised in that lifestyle is more likely to repeat what he thinks is ‘normal.’
This is a well-written book that exposes the frailty of the human spirit. I recommend this book to every Catholic on the globe. I also recommend it to anyone interested in a case study on human behavior. This reader’s final analysis of the subject is simple. This man was never meant to be a priest. That is not a statement made to condemn his great work. The work he does as a grief counselor and the help he provides addicts are his true calling. Perhaps he should have been an Anglican. Be that as it may, it is the Monty Pythonesque aspect that has him brought down not for the myriad legitimate things he had done but one he didn’t. A first-rate tragic comedy.