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The Holy Mark: The Tragedy of a Fallen Priest

by Gregory Alexander

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Father Tony should have never been a priest.a With the family money, he could have pursued his interest in literature or aworked with young boysOCoonly free of all those Church strictures. But there was no priest in the family, so when his immigrant grandmother beheld a peculiar mark on his newborn head and declared it a sign from God, hisadestiny was set.a But those marked by God are often marked by men as well: aTonyOCOs jealous uncle will never forgive him for finding favor with the old woman.a And with his ties to the cityOCOs Catholic hierarchy, heOCOll plot to destroy his nephew if it takes forever.a Meanwhile Father Tony determines to outwit his uncle and the Church, even if he has to conceal his identity and prowl the streets of New Orleans by night to do it. aA shocking novel of family, power, and revenge, The Holy Mark is the story of one reluctant priest caught between the cynicism of his Southern upbringing and the political machinations of the Roman Catholic Church. aa"… (more)
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We all have our opinions of the scandals that haunted the Roman Catholic Church in the past decennia. Gregory Alexander tells a story from within the Church. In The Holy Mark. he introduces his readers to Louisiana based Father Tony Miggliore, the protagonist of the novel. At what seems an Italian family saga at first sight, a son's upbringing, coming of age and calling to be a Catholic priest, shows already some psychologically twists. Exposure to and engagement with boys is passion in more than one sense.
To mark his Silver Jubilee as a priest, Tony reflects on his life, his highs and lows, and amazement over the role his subcutaneous blood spot played. Not a blood stained window, but an intimate recount of twenty-five years in the Church, spanning 1970-1995. Strong family ties, power, church politics and revenge mark The Holy Mark. Skilfully written, and engaging until the very last page! ( )
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Father Tony should have never been a priest.a With the family money, he could have pursued his interest in literature or aworked with young boysOCoonly free of all those Church strictures. But there was no priest in the family, so when his immigrant grandmother beheld a peculiar mark on his newborn head and declared it a sign from God, hisadestiny was set.a But those marked by God are often marked by men as well: aTonyOCOs jealous uncle will never forgive him for finding favor with the old woman.a And with his ties to the cityOCOs Catholic hierarchy, heOCOll plot to destroy his nephew if it takes forever.a Meanwhile Father Tony determines to outwit his uncle and the Church, even if he has to conceal his identity and prowl the streets of New Orleans by night to do it. aA shocking novel of family, power, and revenge, The Holy Mark is the story of one reluctant priest caught between the cynicism of his Southern upbringing and the political machinations of the Roman Catholic Church. aa"

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