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No warts here.
, December 25, 2009
This review is from: Judged by Love: A Biography of William X. Kienzle (Hardcover)
This is an interesting but strange biography. First off, it's too long. Except for a few sentences about Kienzle's birth and family of origin, the 1st 70 pages are a series of tales about disasters that happened to altar boys, priests, even monsignors during Catholic ceremonys. None of them were Kienzle's mistakes so it was all extraneous.
A good biography describes the subject's personality, warts and all. None of that here. This subject is depicted as a saint. The evidence cited is his love of everyone and that fellow seminarians, parishioners where he served, fellow priests, those still priests and a large number who left the priesthood, all were devoted to him his whole life.
His wife is an interesting woman, fond of animals, a gardener, irratic health, responsible for many changes of households - she, flawed, more human than her subject, held my interest.
At his sudden death, Kienzle was planning his 25th Father Koesler book, a totally off-the-wall mystery based on the life of Christ.
As so much that happened in their lives was interpreted in spiritual or reglious terms, it occurred to me that possibly God called Kienzle to heaven to prevent him from messing with Christ's life.
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