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A View From the Pew

Author(s): Louis Hughes, Paul Balfe

ISBN13: 9781782181453

ISBN10: 1782181458

Publisher: Columba Press (30 April 2014)

Extent: 224 pages

Binding: Paperback

Size: 22.4 x 15.4 x 1.8 cm

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  • Homilies and responses designed to challenge the complacency of believer & sceptic alike.

    Religious institutions were traditionally expected to uphold and nurture a set of beliefs or a blueprint for living, with Roman Catholicism a prime example. However, its abject failure to meaningfully respond to the myriad of appalling child sexual abuse scandals that have emerged in recent years has dealt it, deservedly, a grievous blow and tarnished its reputation beyond redemption in the eyes of so many heretofore reasonably loyal followers. 

    Can we separate the message from the messenger? Does the message of justice, integrity, equality and compassion have any resonance in the 21st century? 

    This book explores these and other themes and takes the form of a series of 31 homilies or sermons by Louis Hughes OP and a response to each by Paul Balfe, a practicing surgeon who wields the scalpel cutting to the heart of issues, challenging us as to what we believe and jolting us out of complacency. 

    A View from the Pew reflects an earnest endeavour on the part of Louis to connect in a very real way with the punter in the pew and an equally earnest response from one of these punters, Paul.

  • Louis Hughes


    Louis Hughes is a Dominican Priest. His previous book, The Art of Allowing: The Breath in Meditation and in Life was published by The Columba Press in 2010. His website is www.bodymindmeditation.ie.


    Paul Balfe


    Paul Balfe is a practising surgeon living in Kilkenny.


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A View From the Pew