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A THORN IN THE SIDE: Towards a New Catholic Church Bishop Pat Buckley

A THORN IN THE SIDE: Towards a New Catholic Church

Bishop Pat Buckley

Published March 4th 2014
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Kindle Edition
464 pages
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I BURNED MY ECCLESIASTICAL BRA YEARS AGO says PatI tackle things too hot for others. I get daily calls from all over about thorny problems. Im proud and happy to be the unofficial chaplain to Irelands liberal or alienated Catholics.In the oldMoreI BURNED MY ECCLESIASTICAL BRA YEARS AGO says PatI tackle things too hot for others. I get daily calls from all over about thorny problems. Im proud and happy to be the unofficial chaplain to Irelands liberal or alienated Catholics.In the old cowboy movies the wagon train always had a few scouts - guys who would go ahead to survey the territory for the group that would follow. Im just a scout, someone thats gone ahead. Many of the things I do now will be done generally in years to come by the ChurchPat Buckley is known as a rebel. But he is also known for his compassion, particularly towards people whose marriages have ended. Sacked from the Diocese of Down and Connor, Pat Buckley runs an independent parish with no boundaries at Larne, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. He believes that the church is hierarchy bound and that the one thing it cannot tolerate is a threat to its power.Here he tells of his boyhood and and priestly training in Clonliffe Seminary, Dublin- his experiences as a curate in Wales, Belfast, The Mourne Mountains and Larne- he outlines his position on certain Church teachings - on marriage, divorce,abortion, contraception - and on the Churchs attitude to women, celibacy, homosexuals- he gives an inside but critical view of the structure and organisation of the Church, and he tells of his hopes for the Church of the future.AN INDEPENDENT VOICE FROM INSIDE THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, PAT BUCKLEY GIVES HIS REASONS FOR STAYING WITHIN AN ORGANISATION HE CRITICISES SO DEEPLY.