Catholic Church? Why Not?

Diaries of a Modern Priest

by Jack Scissons



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/30/2023

Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 270
ISBN : 9798823003889
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 270
ISBN : 9798823003872
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 270
ISBN : 9798823003865

About the Book

This is a fictionalized account of journal entries of a newly ordained Catholic priest in a small rural community in western Canada. He became a priest in mid-life after being married to his childhood sweetheart, studying social work at university, working in the development of affordable housing, and losing his wife to ALS. These journals describe his first few months trying to reconcile the current teachings of the church about married male and female priests, abortion, divorce, assisted dying, and LGBTQIA+ rights with the core teachings of the Gospels such as love, tolerance, and forgiveness, as he provides spiritual care to his parishioners in his first pastoral assignment.

About the Author

Jack Scissons (B.A., MSW, MCIP, RRP, retired) was born in 1939 and has been a lifelong practicing Catholic. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1964. After working as a priest in both Canada and Brazil, he resigned from the priesthood in 1970. He worked approximately 32 years as a city planner revitalizing older inner=city neighbourhoods. He is retired and lives with his wife Kathleen in Calgary.