SPOILED PRIEST by Gabriel A. Longo


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Few subjects are so guaranteed to pique the reader's curiosity as the story of the one priest in five who leaves the priesthood and the Roman Catholic Church. Spoiled Priest, being the autobiography of a young man who is an ex-priest, will therefore undoubtedly be taken up, with either horrified delight or sympathy, by all those who doubt, by those who wish, and by those who are certain, that priests can be ""all they are cracked up to be."" The sensation-seekers, however, will be disappointed, for the book is a relatively mild, sometimes amusing, often moving, and always sincere, narrative of Gabriel Longo's experiences in the seminary, in the rectory, and, finally, in the world. Longo's misfortune apparently was that he was, in the words of Cardinal Bea, ""one of those who is called to the priesthood, but not to the celibate state,"" and his story is one of mighty striving against, and final surrender to, perfectly natural inclinations. Spoiled Priest is not a renegade's book in the traditional sense; it is not anti-Church, anti-priesthood, or anti-chastity. It is rather a testimony to the agony of having to choose between personal honor and public disgrace, or personal dishonor and public approbation and reverence. Though the book obviously is intended for a mature audience, there is nothing in it to offend the sensibilities of the intelligent reader of any religious persuasion.

Pub Date: Sept. 16th, 1966
Publisher: University Books