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The Ghost Room By Oliver McQuillan
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The year is 1963. A young student at Ireland’s national seminary for the training of priests is leaving. Three friends defy college rules to join him late at night in his room to give him a... More > surprise send-off. During this “wake” their beliefs and the harsh disciplines of college life come under scrutiny, raising themes which will over-shadow both their lives and the Church in the future - sexual morality, celibacy, the legalistic mentality of the hierarchy and the Vatican. Tensions develop. They reveal their doubts and uncertainties and are forced to confront their individual weaknesses, which will no doubt return to haunt them in later life. The group forms a microcosm of the Church that will be. For the departing student all is not as it appears on the surface. A more pressing reason for his departure than loss of vocation is revealed, and it becomes clear that he is a doomed man. Over-shadowing all is the legendary Ghost Room of the title, scene of a series of mysterious suicides in the distant past.< Less
The Trial of Dr Luther By Oliver McQuillan
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Martin Luther (1483-1546) lived in turbulent times. The Trial of Dr Luther tells the story of a man who dared to question the dogmas and practices of the all-powerful but corrupt papacy. He began by... More > challenging the sale of indulgences, a fund-raising scam for the building of the new St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. In 1517, still an obscure monk, he nailed his Ninety Five Theses on indulgences to the door of his local church. This action led to the Reformation, ending the monolithic power of the Roman Church. He went on to challenge the Church’s abuse of spiritual and temporal power, and rejected clerical celibacy. His life and work still resonate with relevance today. The Trial of Dr Luther joins the great reformer as he approaches death and reflects on his struggles, his triumphs and failures, and reveals the humanity behind the greatness.< Less