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How does one go from being a fervent Catholic to becoming a religious agnostic?
This memoir is the story of Walter Keady’s journey, travailing from a conservative Catholic upbringing in Ireland when ‘the whole country was a monastery,’ through his agitating for right-wing religious policies that culminated in his decision to become a priest, through his missionary career
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Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 13th 2014 by Castletree Books
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Jennifer Hallock
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An incredibly readable account of the formation of a young Irish priest (very well told and fascinating for my research), his missionary years in Brazil (definitely one of the most interesting and relevant parts), the awakening of his conscience against Catholic doctrine (moving and compassionate, which did him credit), and his transition to agnosticism (the least interesting bits but only a few pages). Keady is an excellent fiction author in his own right, but his self-analysis in this memoir o ...more
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Walter Keady - Curriculum Vitae
Born in County Mayo, Ireland. Grew up on a farm. Employed in the Irish Civil Service before going on to study for the Catholic priesthood. After BA at University College, Dublin, and four years study of theology at Holy Ghost Missionary College, Kimmage, ordained priest. Served as a missionary in Brazil. Resigned the priesthood and came to the United States. Worked
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