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Book_1 A new book, just released, about life at a seminary, focusing on the journeys of five men:

How can we trust that as a Catholic your reportage will be objective?

I wrote this book in part because I was tired of reading the sugar-coated stories of priests and seminarians in Catholic publications. I am a reporter by training and a humanist by inclination. I believe that most people can smell propaganda – I actually think that is part of the problem in recruiting new priests. I mean, the stories people would respond to about religious life just aren’t being told.


People simply don’t buy fairy tales, nor do men commit themselves to lifelong religious service based on a fairy tale. The real vocation story is almost always messy, filled with ambiguities, and it can do more than any fairy tale to underscore the triumph of faith. The real story is not only a better read but a corrective to the widespread misperceptions about this incredibly difficult occupation.

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Michael Tinkler

posted April 10, 2006 at 11:47 am

Yow! This looks good! I’m buying a copy, and if it’s as good as the excerpts I’m giving it to my college library.

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posted April 10, 2006 at 1:25 pm

Yes, it looks good, but maybe I missed something. I do not understand the gratuitous swipe at “Vatican Central” in the introduction. Why is the Vatican supposedly to blame if two dioceses backed out of the project for reasons, the author says, are unclear. He immediately ascribes them to the sex scandal, and that may be true, but he doesn’t say why the Vatican is to blame.
Maybe he says so in the book, but if not, there is no reason for this nasty disparaging remark.

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posted April 10, 2006 at 1:25 pm

An entire book based on interviews with only 5 seminarians? It seems he put more effort into the design of his web page than research for the book.

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Jimmy Mac

posted April 10, 2006 at 2:01 pm

If you want to buy it, go to and you can get it cheaper than through
If just got it for $10.00 all in.

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anonymous seminarian

posted April 10, 2006 at 3:58 pm

Hmmmm. Consider me somewhat skeptical. I have no love for sugar coated propaganda, but what exactly constitutes a fairy tale for this guy?

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posted April 10, 2006 at 8:34 pm

How about the “blurb” on back about “conservative theology” or something along those lines – made me hesitate until I hear more about it when I saw at Borders today. Too much to read to waste time on silliness.
Amy, any feedback, good or bad, that you’ve heard?

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thomas tucker

posted April 10, 2006 at 8:40 pm

Actually, I think people respond to propaganda quite often- that is essentially what advertising is. I’m not saying it’s a good thing, but that’s the way people are.

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