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The Best Catholics in the World By Derek Scally

The Best Catholics in the World by Derek Scally

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The Best Catholics in the World: The Irish, the Church and the End of a Special Relationship by Derek Scally

'At once intimate and epic, this is a landmark book' Fintan O'Toole

'A great achievement ... Brilliant, engaging and essential' Colm Toibin


When Dubliner Derek Scally goes to Christmas Eve Mass on a visit home from Berlin, he finds more memories than congregants in the church where he was once an altar boy. Not for the first time, the collapse of the Catholic Church in Ireland brings to mind the fall of another powerful ideology - East German communism. While Germans are engaging earnestly with their past, Scally sees nothing comparable going on in his native land. So he embarks on a quest to unravel the tight hold the Church had on the Irish.

He travels the length and breadth of Ireland and across Europe, going to Masses, novenas, shrines and seminaries, talking to those who have abandoned the Church and those who have held on, to survivors and campaigners, to writers, historians, psychologists and many more. And he has probing and revealing encounters with Vatican officials, priests and religious along the way.

The Best Catholics in the World is the remarkable result of his three-year journey. With wit, wisdom and compassion Scally gives voice and definition to the murky and difficult questions that face a society coming to terms with its troubling past. It is both a lively personal odyssey and a resonant and gripping work of reporting that is a major contribution to the story of Ireland.

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'A clear-headed account of a changing country and a provocative insight into a time that many would rather forget' John Boyne

'An engaging and incisive book that asks what keeping the faith cost us, how it shaped us and what it means now' Caelainn Hogan, author of Republic of Shame

'Remarkable ... Essential reading for anyone concerned about history and forgetting' Michael Harding

'Offers some challenging end-of-an-era reflections on being Catholic in the scandal-ridden church of contemporary Ireland' Mary McAleese

The Best Catholics in the World Reviews

An extraordinary story ... At once intimate and epic, this is a landmark book -- Fintan O'Toole
A great achievement ... brilliant, engaging and essential -- Colm Toibin
A clear-headed account of a changing country and a provocative insight into a time that many would rather forget -- John Boyne
An engaging and incisive book that asks what keeping the faith cost us, how it shaped us and what it means now -- Caelainn Hogan * author of Republic of Shame *
Remarkable ... [Scally] examines the past with disarming honesty and a sense of compassion. His book is essential reading for anyone concerned about history and forgetting -- Michael Harding
Offers some challenging end-of-an-era reflections on being Catholic in the scandal-ridden church of contemporary Ireland -- Mary McAleese
Absolutely thrilling. A wonderful blend of personal story, journalism and history - it goes to unexpected places and asks questions we don't usually consider -- Oliver Callan
Accessible, original, though-provoking and very engaging -- Marie Collins

About Derek Scally

Derek Scally has written for the Irish Times since 2000. He is based in Berlin. The Best Catholics in the World is his first book.

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GOR011340173
9781844885268
1844885267
The Best Catholics in the World: The Irish, the Church and the End of a Special Relationship by Derek Scally
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Penguin Books Ltd
2021-03-18
352
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