A heavy handed approach to a young American man s grappling with his vocation to become a priest He struggles most mightily with the requirement of obedience, especially in the context of having an intense, persistent need to figure out life, the universe, and everything within the confines of his own mind On one occasion, he even goes for a walk to clear his head, and this is perceived as a nearly unforgivable violation Taking a walk without permission What has become of obedience The older, non American priests insist on casting the kid as a hothead who is handicapped by his youth and cultural background This is kind of funny, as it s not like he s out drinking whiskey and spitting.The matter of celibacy and the question of exactly what he believes about God arise in vague ways, but are not the main obstacles It s pretty clear this guy is priest material, even to a reader who is not an expert on what makes a priest He s going to graduate Not the sort of thing I usually read, and I have no recollection how or why it ended up on my shelf Maybe I guessed wrong that the reference to the Tiber River would be about ancient Rome, not modern Rome. Written Before He Became An Eminent Figure In The Church, Michael Novak S First Novel, Now With An Introduction By Ralph McInerny, Is An Intriguing Story About A Young Man Preparing For The Priesthood In Rome In TheS The Tiber Was Silver Provides A Unique View Of The Pre Conciliar Church Through The Eyes Of A Young Seminarian While the specifics on the stages towards ordination are out of date, the questions a man faces as he discerns priesthood remains the same I recommend all seminarians read it. The Tiber Was Silver is a story of a young man, Richard McKay, who is entering his last year as a seminarian The novel traces the obstacles Richard faces in attaining ordination, including his passion for painting, his frustration with the old ways of his superior and his attraction to an intelligent and beautiful girl Throughout, Michael Novak does an excellent job of conveying the spiritual angst that Richard must wrestle with, through his feelings of inadequacy and his resistance towards obedience As someone who has just begun Christian graduate school, I felt a certain sympathy with his character.The ultimatum between Richard s desire for painting and his obedience to holy orders seems like a false dichotomy to me as an evangelical As well, although Richard ruminates frequently on his love for the common people, there is very little interaction between his character and the laity The Tiber Was Silver was first published in 1961 In 1962, the Second Vatican Council would convene It would be interesting to see how much of Richard McKay s frustrations were addressed at Vatican II.
Michael Novak is an American Catholic philosopher, journalist, novelist, and diplomat He is George Frederick Jewett Scholar in Religion, Philosophy, and Public Policy at the American Enterprise InstituteNovak served as United States Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in 1981 and 1982 and led the U.S delegation to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe in 19
- 320 pages
- The Tiber Was Silver
- Michael Novak
- 23 July 2019 Michael Novak