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Love books? Then get down to the Campbell Room of St John's Church, Standishgate, Wigan WN1 1XD, tonight where from 7pm I'll be speaking for 45 minutes about 'the 21st century Catholic novel'. Q&A and refreshments to follow. All are welcome. An equally complex character is Father Baines. The young hospital chaplain struggles to master his desire for something more than friendship with Emerald, the nurse aiding his crusade for truth alongside Jenny. It is a humanising portrait of a genuinely devout individual trying, and largely succeeding, in living up to his religious principles surrounding sex and relationships, a tale that few English novels published this side of the sexual revolution have told well.

The truth about the ‘teen author’ and the Catholic school

Green likes to present himself in this way.It is how he sees himself.In a recent interview with the Guardian, he brushed off objections to the sexually explicit language in his children’s books as ‘a convenient excuse for homophobia’. Dr Ashenden speaks to S.P. Caldwell about some of his characters and they discuss literary inspirations and writing style. Caldwell also reads exclusively from the book for the first time in public.The book, due to published by Gracewing later this month, has been described as a “wonderful” psychological thriller underpinned by Catholic themes. It tells the story of a young and idealistic priest who is pitched into a dark world of sexual obsession, danger and death when he becomes embroiled in a campaign to unmask a murderous doctor. There is, in fact, quite a lot of darkness in “The Beast of Bethulia Park,” and at times it feels a little like the author has attempted to do too much, particularly when an older priest — a Jesuit, no less — bounces into the story to consider the problem of spiritual oppression, advises Baines to read Adolphe Tanquerey, Jérôme Ribet and other heavy-duty theological mystics and then more or less bounces out, leaving the reader a bit breathless.

The Beast of Bethulia Park by Simon Paul Caldwell | Goodreads

A new review of The Beast of Bethulia Park from Joseph Pearce, a distinguished US-based critic and author: In The Beast of Bethulia Park, journalist Simon P. Caldwell delivers such a novel. A fast-paced modern mystery-play replete with stumbling heroes and bloodthirsty villains, it is a book one could easily recommend to a friend seeking an engrossing read for a long-haul flight or a convalescence. In a speech that Fleabag’s vicar could only dream of, Father Baines tells Emerald: “We’d end up like Edward and Mrs Simpson, you and I. You might think you’d be getting a good man but you’d lament losing the man you once admired and were attracted to… You’d lose respect for me and you’d end up despising me, and I might resent you for taking me away from my priestly ministry.”

By S.P. Caldwell

In brief and in sum, The Beast of Bethulia Park is a powerful fictional exposé of the culture of death. It lifts the lid on those who employ euphemisms to sugarcoat the killing and culling of innocent people, whether it be the reduction of the unborn child to the status of the depersonalized fetus or whether it be the disguising of the culling of the old and unwanted with cozy-sounding words like euthanasia.

Take flight with Simon Caldwell’s Catholic novel

When teachers from the school went on strike last week in support of governors who were removed for supporting Green’s visit, there was more of the same – lots of interviews with angry union representatives and with Green himself (of course). If you can’t make it, we will be recording the event which will be available after the day on our John Bradburne Memorial Society YouTube channel.

The disdain Caldwell’s villains display for the disabled and elderly is all the more frightening with the knowledge that such people are currently being killed in Canada’s infamous medically assisted dying programme. At this moment, many nurses and doctors are surely feeling as helpless and complicit as Emerald. October 26, 2023 4 Cross Catholic Outreach’s Box of Joy is a gift for children living in abject poverty

Elizabeth Scalia - OSV News

In The Beast of Bethulia Park, journalist Simon Caldwell delivers such a novel. A fast-paced modern mystery-play replete with stumbling heroes and bloodthirsty villains, one could easily recommend it to a friend seeking an engrossing read for a long-haul flight or a convalescence. TRF believes that every child should be given a chance to live after suffering from any form of neurological conditions. Every year many children suffer from brain injury caused either by injury, diseases or pre-existing condition. Brian science has made enormous advances and the latest treatments and rehabilitation techniques could help many of these cases. There is therefore a huge shortfall and many, many children who could otherwise be helped are being left with limited care and in some cases no care.Enthusiastic and creative English teacher with a passion for literature, communication and writing. Do you remember, Tafida Raqeeb who in 2019 suffered from a sudden brain injury which left her fighting for her life. She was taken to Italy for further treatments. Further information can be found in Catholic journalist and author Simon Caldwell joins Anna Whitehead on air. Simon is the author of "The Beast of Bethulia Park", described as a "gripping psychological novel with Catholic themes". He explores the central themes and characters of the novel, and reflects in the second half of the episode on Catholic literature in general, and the role of Catholic novel in the 21st Century.

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