BISHOP SHEIL AND THE C.Y.O. by Roger L. Treat

BISHOP SHEIL AND THE C.Y.O.

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KIRKUS REVIEW

It is not often that we have a nationally known sports writer bringing forth an appreciative study of the life and work of a Roman Catholic Bishop. But this particular Bishop is an unusual type of ecclesiastic. In his early experience as a prison chaplain Bishop Sheil was appalled at the end result of juvenile delinquency and crime as he saw it in imprisoned lads and those whom he accompanied to the death chamber. He made up his mind to do something to combat delinquency by providing the youth of Chicago with a healthy outlet for their energies. Hence his promotion of amateur boxing tournaments (this is where the author comes in), the organization of the Catholic Youth Organization, the founding of homes for the homeless, a school for workers, and an incessant battle against discrimination, exploitation and intolerance. The story is breezily told, but the Bishop is a breezy individual and his life story needs to be told like this to get people to appreciate that clergymen are not all stuffed shirts and that the church can and often does reach down and meet the real issues of life. Recommended for more general reading than its title would indicate.

ISBN: 1150768045
Publisher: Messner