by Francis Bede
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On a cloudy Friday in 1980 the Bad Clergy are out for a big night in the deliciously dirty ‘Syndey’ town. Kelly, Muldoon, Mahone and Clancy (and two silent companions) - Catholic priests all - throw off their robes and embrace the contradictions of their theological guardianship.
A literary burlesque of satire, criticism, theology and social commentary, Bad Clergy weaves in its diabolical night’s tale a journey of transition from eager Eucharist to doubtful Divinity.
Through prose, verse and dialogue, as well as a series of absurdist encounters, Bad Clergy offers a jarring, darkly humorous and fantastical taste of the bitter clash between convenient dogma and inconvenient reality.
"I told you Sydney Town is Sin City." - John Bede Polding Catholic Archbishop of Sydney 1841-1877
"Are Catholic Priests really like the ones portrayed in this book?" - The Vatican Spokesperson
"Though Bad Clergy is a heavy read it could be satisfying." - The Food Writer
"It makes me wonder." - The Daily Bread
"How dare this book scoff at the greatest institution that’s ever been. It must be banned!" - The Catholic Apologist
"Thank God for Irreverence." - The Protestant
"Thank you Father Ted for showing the way."- The Author
Francis Bede is a writer who lives in Tasmania. Bad Clergy is his first book.