What God Hath Joined : the Real-Life Love Story That Shook the Catholic Church Terrance A. Sweeney

ISBN: 9780345382030

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What God Hath Joined : the Real-Life Love Story That Shook the Catholic Church  by  Terrance A. Sweeney

What God Hath Joined : the Real-Life Love Story That Shook the Catholic Church by Terrance A. Sweeney
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Father Terrance Sweeney a Jesuit for twenty-three years, and Pamela Susan Shoop, a beautiful and talented young actress, had both arrived at the major crossroads of their lives when they met. Terry had been ordered, on threat of dismissal, to destroyMoreFather Terrance Sweeney a Jesuit for twenty-three years, and Pamela Susan Shoop, a beautiful and talented young actress, had both arrived at the major crossroads of their lives when they met.

Terry had been ordered, on threat of dismissal, to destroy his many years of research on the history of celibacy for priests- in good conscience, he refused. And despite the outward glamour and excitement of her career in film and television, Pamela felt isolated both spiritually and emotionally.

She longed for roles that would further challenge her talents, and for a personal relationship that would fulfill her heart. And then against all odds, against the strictures of the Church and the advice of their friends, Pam and Terry fell passionately in love. In What God Hath Joined, Pamela and Terry tell the deeply moving and spiritually probing story of how their love for each other irrevocably changed their lives, their careers, and their most cherished beliefs. Even as his crisis plunged him deeper and deeper into conflict with church officials, Terry never lost his faith in God or his reverence for the Catholic Church.

In fact, as his theological research revealed, in loving and marrying Pamela, Terry was acting in accord with the ministry inspired by Jesus, who chose both the married and unmarried as His disciples. Writing in alternating chapters, Pam and Terry interweave their personal story with a searching and thought-provoking analysis of how the mandatory celibacy law has crippled the Catholic Church, sapped it of many of its most gifted and dynamic priests, and divided the Catholic faithful around the world.

Although Terry was suspended from his priesthood and forbidden to marry in a Catholic church, both he and Pamela remain devoted to the true spiritual values on which the Church was founded. Love and marriage have made both Terry and Pam stronger people and more firmly committed servants of God. Gripping to read and illuminating in its insights into the crucial q



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