New Book of Catholic Fiction Follows a New Priest’s Conflicts with the Church’s Teachings

New Book of Catholic Fiction Follows a New Priest’s Conflicts with the Church’s Teachings

A priest reflects on his work through his daily journals

Author Jack Scissons’ debut book follows a new priest on assignment as he promotes the current teachings of the church about married male and female priests, abortion, divorce, assisted dying, and LGBTQIA+ rights.

“Catholic Church? Why Not:? Diaries of a small-town priest” is told in day-by-day journal entry format. A newly ordained priest believes the current teachings of the church are jaded and discriminatory. He believes the teachings of the gospels that emphasize love, non-judgment and forgiveness would be more inspirational to the world.

“The Catholic Church should be open to all specially those who make mistakes, feel wounded or are treated like outcasts in society; The Church should exclude no one,” Scissons said.

Scissons wrote this book while in isolation during the initial COVID-19 outbreak. He drew inspiration from his own experience as a priest and writers like Morris West, Graham Greene, Andrew Greeley and J.F. Powers. He explained that writing this book was a “wonderful opportunity for reflection on his own Catholic practice.” Scissons discovered how “saddened and disappointed” he is with the current leadership of the Catholic Church.

“Catholic Church? Why Not? Diaries of a small-town priest”
By Jack Scissons
ISBN: 9781665554411 (softcover); 9781665554398 (hardcover); 9781665554404 (electronic)
Available at AuthorHouseAmazon and Barnes & Noble

About the author
Jack Scissons was born in 1939 and has been a lifelong practicing Catholic. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1964. After working as a priest, both in Canada and in Brazil, he resigned from the priesthood in 1970. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and a master’s degree in social work. He worked for approximately 32 years as a city planner, revitalizing older inner-city neighborhoods. He is retired, writing, and living with his wife Kathleen in Calgary, Alberta. To learn more, please visit


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