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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: St. Augustines Press; 1 edition (January 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587310805
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587310805
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,687,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Capt. Kras on December 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
Why would a priest turn his back on his priesthood and walk away from his religious
vocation and its demanding responsibilities? Why did he become a priest in the first
place? And how do such men make reparations for their defection? Both Sides of the Altar strives to look at these questions through one such priest's life, that of Frank Morgan.

This book was a "Labor of Love" for Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J., now deceased, who
urged him to put pen to paper to tell his story. It traces Frank's life during the seminary, his life as a priest in the 1940s and 1950s, and as a layperson in the years that follow. Through it Frank walks through his own thought processes as he looks back over 60 years, evoking the raw emotion and feelings of his decision to leave behind his priestly ways, and enter the life of a Lay Person. It compares how he was treated both with kindness and with disdain. His narrative shows his constant persistence in trying to serve the Roman Catholic Church throughout his entire life.

Truly showing both sides of the altar as only a man who lived it can tell. Insights into
the current plights the Catholic Church faces, as well as poignant observations on solutions are presented in a loving and well told tale through his own voice. Frank's underlying love of the Church and its teachings are a constant theme as he shares his life story.

Frank Morgan passed away on February 24, 2008, and never saw his book published. He was a man of many hats; loyal inactive priest, entrepreneur, loving father of two sons, friend to a multitude and most importantly devoted husband to his wife Ruth. His persistent nature always moved him forward in search of how to serve the Church, no matter which side of the altar he was on.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerome A. Urbik on December 15, 2012
Format: Paperback
The first review before mine is sharply on point. Frank Morgan was a casual friend of mine. He was tortured by the idea that he had let God down when he left the active priesthood. Somehow he focused in the book on his "unfaithfulness" while overlooking the loving Providence of God that led his life in directions he never anticipated. A scintillating personality, an obvious heart of generosity, Frank served our Lord with a zeal that most priests today would be hard put to emulate. He didn't say that in the book, but seeing his vigor in priestly type activity tells the story of that statement. Frank Morgan never forgot that, though he was properly dispensed, he remained always "a priest of Jesus Christ forever" He felt that sacramental indelible mark on his soul every day of his life. He died directly in the hands of God's mercy for a really good man. His story deserves dissemination. Jerry Urbik - jerryurbik@comcast.net
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Great perspective of what it is like going into the priesthood, and the turmoil of leaving it. Also, insight of why the Church has been infiltrated by those unfit for the priesthood in the recent decades, and how those most fit for the priesthood have been denied entrance. Wonderful, personal insight.
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