This is the story of a whistle-blowing priest and the messed-up diocesan administration that attempts to silence him in exposing priestly sexual abuse. Greeley is able to say things as a priest that no one else can. He manages to communicate the horror of priestly abuse of parishioners, the incompetence of management in some top levels of the institutional Roman Catholic Church, while still presenting positive aspects. He presents the possibilities for genuine ministry, humility, intelligence, sin and grace in the person of Father Hoffmann. There is one section on celibacy that seems a bit preachy, but he still makes some valid points that are seldom expressed. The language is not sanitized. There are some graphic descriptions of sexual encounters. None of this is gratuitous and one gets the sense that Father Greeley has managed to capture the real tensions between human nature and an attempt to live a life for God.
Andrew Greeley is a Catholic priest and sociologist, and the author of many New York Times bestselling novels, including Summer at the Lake and Contract with an Angel, which are available from Brilliance Audio. He lives in Chicago.