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Issue Details: First known date: 2016 2016
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'A timely, courageous and powerful novel about faith, the church, conscience and celibacy.

'Tom Keneally, ex-seminarian, pulls no punches as he interrogates the terrible damage done to innocents as the Catholic Church has prevaricated around language and points of law, covering up for its own.

'Ex-communicated to Canada due to his radical preaching on the Vietnam War and other human rights causes, Father Frank Docherty is now a psychologist and monk. He returns to Australia to speak on abuse in the Church, and unwittingly is soon listening to stories from two different people – a young man, via his suicide note, and an ex-nun – who both claim to have been sexually abused by an eminent Sydney cardinal. This senior churchman is himself currently empannelled in a commission investigating sex abuse within the Church.

'As a man of character and conscience, Father Docherty finds he must confront each party involved in the abuse and cover-up to try to bring the matter to the attention of the Church itself, and to secular authorities.

'This riveting, profoundly thoughtful novel is both an exploration of faith as well as an examination of marriage, of conscience and celibacy, and of what has become one of the most controversial institutions, the Catholic Church.' (Publication summary)

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    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Vintage Australia , 2016 .
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      Extent: 384p.
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      • Publication Date: 26-10-2016
      ISBN: 9780857987136

Works about this Work

Rage against the Deceit Stephen Romei , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 28 October 2016; (p. 15)
Celibacy and the Modern Priest : Tom Keneally on His New Book Crimes of the Father Thomas Keneally , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 28 October 2016; Brisbane Times , 28 October 2016;

— Review of Crimes of the Father Thomas Keneally 2016 single work novel
'In the early 1970s I knew a splendid priest whose authority to say Mass and operate within the Archdiocese of Sydney was terminated by the then prelate, Cardinal James Freeman. The priest's name was Father Pat Connor and he was a dear friend. As a young missionary in India, he was influenced by Gandhi, and I never knew a person who practised non-violent dissent with less pathology and more dignity and human love than Pat. As a peaceable man, he was involved in anti-Vietnam and anti-apartheid protest, including the famous and unwise Springbok tour of 1971. ...'
Mourning for a Deeply Wounded Culture Michael McGirr , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12-13 November 2016; (p. 24)

— Review of Crimes of the Father Thomas Keneally 2016 single work novel
Crimes of the Father Review : Tom Keneally Tackles Abuse in the Catholic Church Michael McGirr , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 11 November 2016;

— Review of Crimes of the Father Thomas Keneally 2016 single work novel
'There are a growing number of novels prepared to tell the story of paedophilia within various church communities, not least the Catholic Church. Few of them have needed to stray far from the grim facts. ...'
Celibacy and the Modern Priest : Tom Keneally on His New Book Crimes of the Father Thomas Keneally , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 28 October 2016; Brisbane Times , 28 October 2016;

— Review of Crimes of the Father Thomas Keneally 2016 single work novel
'In the early 1970s I knew a splendid priest whose authority to say Mass and operate within the Archdiocese of Sydney was terminated by the then prelate, Cardinal James Freeman. The priest's name was Father Pat Connor and he was a dear friend. As a young missionary in India, he was influenced by Gandhi, and I never knew a person who practised non-violent dissent with less pathology and more dignity and human love than Pat. As a peaceable man, he was involved in anti-Vietnam and anti-apartheid protest, including the famous and unwise Springbok tour of 1971. ...'
Mourning for a Deeply Wounded Culture Michael McGirr , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 12-13 November 2016; (p. 24)

— Review of Crimes of the Father Thomas Keneally 2016 single work novel
Crimes of the Father Review : Tom Keneally Tackles Abuse in the Catholic Church Michael McGirr , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane Times , 11 November 2016;

— Review of Crimes of the Father Thomas Keneally 2016 single work novel
'There are a growing number of novels prepared to tell the story of paedophilia within various church communities, not least the Catholic Church. Few of them have needed to stray far from the grim facts. ...'
Rage against the Deceit Stephen Romei , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 28 October 2016; (p. 15)
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