Jackass for the Hour: Still hesitating…

jackass for the hour

When I had a pseudonym (short lived and I fessed up pretty quickly)

“Surely, no one is going to read your book who needs to read it anyway, so, you know what I mean, like, why bother?…”

Yikes! O.K. So, that hurts, kinda like, as one reader put it, water off a duck’s back, which doesn’t hurt. I’m sure that wasn’t aimed at me, but at the ineptitude of those who need to get some matters explained to them.. But, it doesn’t matter. For me, it’s not a waste of time even if no one reads it. Why’s that, you ask? Thanks for asking. Here’s the answer:

  • As I’ve said before, but that was apparently missed, so very much that the story line is wrapped around refers to accurately paraphrased or verbatim citations of speeches, articles, or conversations in which I’ve participated with key players, instigators, string pullers, who have become characters in the book. They already know exactly what the response is and remain furious, or have now passed along and know the fuller truth of the matter better than I or any other human could explain it to them.
  • When I was a kid, I think I had many traits of autism and I think I still retain some. One of those traits is total entrenchment into whatever. I just don’t let go. It’s like I can’t let go. I think of the famous or infamous (depending on your point of view) CIA analyst nicknamed in Zero Dark Thirty as Maya. It just helps me to write about stuff. I write because I want to write. I like what I like. De gustibus

Let me give you an example about the paragraph or two in the next chapter to go up of Jackass for the Hour, which involves the underappreciated character (for some) of Jacinta, as she speaks about Catherine of Siena.

That particular conversation about Catherine, just to say, is the the summary of conversations of many years (about ten years) with a priest who already knows exactly what the truth of the matter is and hates the truth. He wants to mock Catherine and Jesus and hates that I’ve figured him out. This because “a thing” where I was staying (I lived at the same place as that guy), so much so that his behavior of threats against me, made in public, was stunning to those who saw it. Just a few things about him:

  • He’s not solely responsible for it, but over the decades, because of his influence, he’s had a terribly big role to play in the downfall of seminaries in many episcopal conferences. That’s saying a lot.
  • He’s held to be THE authority on the spiritual life by pretty much everyone right around the world.
  • He’s got an iron grip on much of the Catholic publishing world and vowed that if I ever said anything about Saint Catherine of Sienna, to defend her on that particular point, he would make sure that his long arm followed me right around the world so as to block me from being published on anything, theology, Scripture, liturgy, spiritual life, whatever. The problem is that he has the ear of most publishers, personally, from left all the way to center-right.

So, even on sub-plot points like that – terribly brief as they are – there’s really very much behind them, and they are, in fact, far reaching and important to the life of the Church. People are like this. These are even real characters and influential players (as I call them) in the Church. They would do well to read the points contained in Jackass for the Hour but they already know exactly what the truth of the matter is, over years and years.

I just like to write. If some people don’t like that, or think it’s a waste of time, well, too bad. I’m just little me, a donkey-priest that you can call a jackass. I’m happy with that.

I wish I could tell you who in the Papal Apartments has read and enjoyed the first edition of Jackass for the Hour and heartily encouraged me to write more, even commanding that I continue to write. Many times. “You must continue to write. You must.” Then again. And again. That is still the case. Not only was I not corrected on any point, it was said and repeated many times that there is amazement that the book accurately portrays exactly what is going on in so many areas of the Church. That’s just the way it is. I’ve been in Rome perhaps way too long.

When Sister Nice comes along in the book I’m sure there will be such a reaction that I will have to repeat a post like this with all my little autobiographical points of conversations with key players, etc. But, O.K.


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13 responses to “Jackass for the Hour: Still hesitating…

  1. Gina Nakagawa

    Father, too many people have appreciated this book and derived benefit from this book for you to pay too much attention to a naysayer. Remember that valuable piece of doggerel we heard as kids? “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” I think the second part, which very few people seem to know is appropriate here, “When I die, I’ll never cry for all the names (or ignorant, hurtful remarks you made) you called me.” Awkwardly expressed parenthetical addition is mine.
    God bless you, Father. Keep up the good work!

  2. Gina Nakagawa

    Sorry for a further comment. Anyone who demeans this endeavour on your part does not appreciate the situation Holy Mother Church is in today.. They are like the people who scoffed at Noah for building an ark in a desert. Those folks did not make our too well, did they?

  3. Will this book be made available on Kindle?

  4. Father George David Byers


  5. If it were, I would definitely read it !

  6. elizdelphi

    Well, I said that those who most need to read it, most need the correction, are not the ones likely to read it. My thought is that people tend to read books that reinforce their own point of view. I am sorry if it was hurtful. Very sorry! And what I meant was not that you shouldn’t bother. Maybe I am wrong, and maybe the buzz about the book would reach the people you wanted to impact, making an impression on them or leading them to want to check it out for themselves. By no means would I want to hurt you!

  7. Father George David Byers

    You could even read it now!

  8. I will ! Kindle was part question and part hint. It makes for a good reader experience.

  9. sanfelipe007

    Keep writing, Father!

  10. Father I’m knee deep in school work! But I’ll try to find a relaxing Sunday afternoon one of these days to go through the chapter so far.

  11. Aussie Mum

    Your chapters read so far are two-fold: they have a catechetical component while taking a look behind the scenes to better understand the state of the Church. Both these components are important to a wider audience than just readers here, but by presenting them here you are creating a permanent record that will be read by more people over time.
    Unfolding the novel chapter by chapter, having us wait for the next as you are presently, is helpful because it gives time for clarifying discussion if required and time for what you are conveying to sink in.
    Please keep doing what you are doing Father. You are helping others.

  12. You do need to write this and we do need to read it. This is one of the best portrayals of the evil that is rampant in our society disguised as political correctness and good for the status quo. You are a genius Father and you have won the hearts of many of us with your words of Jesus’ love. This book pours out His love through Fr Alexamenos and how the devil can and will take over those of the Church if they don’t let that Love be their life and choose the temptations instead. Thank you for writing this and thank you for your priesthood.

  13. Nan

    Right. Not gonna read it as we impatiently await each chapter!

    I hope you’re printing it and sending to Pornchai and G.

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