THE SHEPHERD by Joseph F. Girzone


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Joshua, the updated Jesus figure in Girzone's hugely popular Joshua, and Joshua And The Children, returns to support Father David Campell, who has taken his promotion to bishop and run with it. Shades of Eisenhower and Earl Warren. Upstate New York Archbishop O'Connell is horrified by the actions of his one-time protÉgÉ David Campbell, new bishop in the neighboring diocese. According to the archbishop's spy in David's office, Bishop Campbell is turning the diocese on its ear, handing over all the lovely social-work bureaus to laymen, hobnobbing with his opposite Episcopal and Lutheran numbers, turning control of the schools over to the businesses that hire the graduates, coddling a priest who's got himself engaged, housing the homeless, comforting the divorced, preaching every Sunday, chatting on the phone with the Holy Father any time he feels like it, and, most troublesome, taking the basic Christian directives entirely too seriously. People are returning to the Church. Social ills are healing. For heaven's sake. What's an archbishop to do? Oddly engaging, although the idea of Jesus in L.L. Bean khakis may prove troubling to the ultraorthodox.

Pub Date: Oct. 23rd, 1990
Publisher: Macmillan