FROM A DIFFICULT BIRTH, after his mother had two miscarriages, and through a joy-filled family and school life in the hungry 1950s, when the soothsayers claimed Ireland was dying, Francis Xavier Carty went on to the strict regime of a Catholic missionary seminary for seven years with vows of poverty, chastity and obedience taken for life. He was unable to cope with the stress, anxiety and depression brought on by the rigours of religious life and left before priestly ordination. He went into journalism, writing, publishing and public relations and then taught these disciplines for more than twenty years.
Having been absolved by Pope Paul VI from his vows, his mother warned him to be careful about marriage because that was definitely for life and not even the pope could grant a dispensation. He remained fearful of taking on another permanent commitment.
He was forty years in the dry desert of the seemingly abandoned soul, losing God until, eventually, God found him again. He slipped on many ladders during his career before being awarded a PhD degree in public relations, the first in Ireland in this discipline.
Bruises, Baws and Bastards – Glimpses into a Long Life Passing is his legacy. It is not all gloom and tears; there are many happy memories and more which is not included in these pages.
Bruises, Baws and Bastards: Glimpses into a Long Life Passing
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