Martin Tierney, a native of Co Clare, was ordained a priest of the Dublin Archdiocese in 1964. His training for ministry was at Clonliffe College during the episcopacy of John Charles McQuaid . His priestly ministry varied from parochial appointments in Walkinstown and Swords, to a period of nearly twenty-five years in non-parochial appointments with The Charismatic Renewal, The Catholic Communications Institute and a variety of other positions. In 2001 he returned to parochial life in Kill o the Grange from where he retired in 2005.
This short memoir is a very candid and passionate reflection on his priestly life. As he says in his Foreword to the book:
This book was written to try and put together some of the mysteries of the Irish Catholic churchs recent past Real questions have seldom been asked about acts in which we participated willingly. We allowed a system to diminish others without ever shouting stop This book is a very small attempt to set the record straight. It is my effort in saying sorry, not just for all those of my age group who were in positions of authority, but for quietly acquiescing in what every right thinking person must have known was wrong.
Martin Tierney was a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin, having served in parishes as both curate and parish priest. He was Assistant Director of the Catholic Press and Information Office, Director of the Catholic Communications Institute and a Consultor to the Pontifical Commission for Social Communications. Martin was also a co-founder of The Light of Christ Community Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a Catholic Charismatic Community. A regular columnist with the Sunday Independent, the articles in this book were first published in the Irish Catholic newspaper. His previous publications include The Media Ã¢â‚¬â€œ And How To Use It (Veritas, 1988), Sundaythoughts.com (Veritas, 2001) and New Wine, Old Wineskins: The Catholic Church and Change in Ireland Today (Veritas, 2008).