Eaglais Na Gcatacomai (Paperback)Padraig Standun (author)
Paperback Published: 01/10/2004
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Padraig Standun, variously known as rebel priest, novelist and activist, has once again put pen to paper, this time to record his memoirs, Eaglais na gCatacomai (The Catacomb Church). The book gives an account of his thirty-three years as a priest in parishes in the Galway and Mayo Gaeltachtai. Standun's choice of title for these memoirs is a reflection of his dissatisfaction with the Church as it is today. It is also meant to reflect his own feeling of living a somewhat clandestine existence within the official Church establishment, being at once an integral part of it, and yet on its fringes. Padraig Standun has always been outspoken in his opinions. He has openly opposed the Church's stance on clerical celibacy, contraception and divorce, something which earned him the reputation of a rebel priest. At the same time he has been utterly devoted to his work as a priest, and has worked tirelessly for the rights of his parishioners in rural areas to access to services. His work in this area includes a protest for the establishment of an airstrip in Inis Oirr, a protest against the state of the roads in Connemara which landed him in jail, and work with various co-operatives. He is also a prolific writer, with eight novels to his name, many of which caused controversy when they were first published. He is undoubtedly a man who has an interesting story to tell, and that is what he has done in this book. It paints a picture of a man committed to his work as a priest in the Catholic Church, although there are aspects of his life that are in clear violation of the rules of that same Church.
Publisher: Clo Iar-Chonnacht
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