The Priestly Sins

Version: Abridged
Author: Andrew M. Greeley
Narrator: Unknown
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Fiction & Literature
Publisher: Audio Renaissance
Published In: April 2004
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Overview

Not since his runaway bestseller, "The Cardinal Sins, has Father Andrew 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, who becomes swept up in "the Crisis" after witnessing child abuse in his first parish appointment. Soon, he is vilified for denouncing a priest who has been "cleared." He suffers the harsh fate of a whistle-blower when his Archdiocese has him committed to a mental health center. After his release, Father Hoffman is exiled by the Church to Chicago were he begins his graduate studies in immigrant history. There he encounters the legendary Monsignor Blackie Ryan, who helps him regain his confidence and demand a parish of his own. Reluctantly, the Church hierarchy assigns him to a dying parish. With zeal and charm,
he 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 once again take on the establishment that is determined to destroy him. He faces exile not only from his parish but from the priesthood itself.

Reviews (1)

The Priestly Sins

Written by Paul from South Deerfield, MA on August 14th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 3/5

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.

Author Details

Author Details

Greeley, Andrew M.

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.