The Bishop’s Man
By Linden MacIntyre
Random House Canada
We certainly need no reminder in this day and age that Catholic priests are fallible or even deeply flawed beneath their cloth veneers. But in The Bishop’s Man, Linden MacIntyre’s Giller prize-winning novel, we are treated to the inner life of Father Duncan MacAskill, a deeply moral man in conflict with his own shortcomings and those of the institution he so devoutly serves.
“There’s something unstable about my generation of priests. Maybe it was the liberating notions of John XXIII, the mighty humanist. He opened the doors to the romantics, to people with misty concepts of theology, infused with adolescent impulses about love. My seminary class was crawling with them. Mystical flower children with mixed up notions about charity and holiness, confusing carnal impulses with altruism.”