Book: The Holy Innocents by Clive Clapsoncategories: Book, Humour, Satire, Christian, Salvation, Redemption, Transgendered Issues, Anglican, Episcopalian, Ordination of Women, Anglo Catholics, Scotland, Liberal Catholics, Story of a Priest
Clive Clapsonabout this book: "The Holy Innocents" features Father Ambrose, an Anglican Priest living with his sister Agatha in a large vicarage. He is a Vicar, and the last traditionalist in an increasingly changed modern Church. His views are tolerated by the authorities because he is harmless. Agatha is his confidante, housekeeper and secretary with an acerbic tongue and wit. Agatha has over-protected Fr. Ambrose. He is an innocent.
Agatha's death exposes Fr. Ambrose to a world from which he has been insulated. When this changes his ministry, it disturbs the comfort of his congregation. The trendy Bishop ousts the traditionalist from his congregation. Fr. Ambrose continues his ministry from his car, leading to a number adventures as he blunders around in a wider church and world he finds extremely strange. As he fails and triumphs, he unwittingly demonstrates the power of what moderns might regard as naive lunacy.
"The Holy Innocents" emerged out of a short story written about twenty years ago. The novel (my first) took about six months to write and is drawn from more than 30 years of ministry.
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