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Brave,Courageous,and human - what a priest should be.,
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This review is from: Diary Of A Gay Priest: The Tightrope Walker (Kindle Edition)
Vicars are not noted for their bravery or courage. But Malcolm Johnson is brave and courageous.His diary records his battles with the Church of England's hypocrisy in its attitudes to gays and lesbians. He describes how he bothered about homeless people,established hostels,now housing associations.He was an astute fundraiser.His tenacity and persistence are wonderful.
But what the Diary really conveys is Malcolm Johnson's humanity. He is not heavy handed,earnest or self regarding. His heart aches taking the many funerals of young men dying of Aids,some of whom were his friends. Butwhen he is cornered his anger is palpable;he is strong and unflinching in the face of bigotry and stupidity.
The Diary is written with a light touch. His very English wry sense of humour raises a smile on every page. This is a most compelling autobiography. If I have one criticism it is too short. We need an unexpurgated version. But I guess that may be libellous,so we have to make do with what we have. Buy it.just right for a Christmas gift.