As I am want to do, I was sitting in a coffee shop recently indulging in my favourite pastime, the consumption of good coffee, when I noticed an older gentleman sitting next to me reading a book called “Dancing With the Devil” written by Christopher Geraghty. The book looked interesting, so I boldly asked him what it was about. Thus we started talking.
He stated in part, that at the age of nearly forty, Christopher Geraghty who had been a Catholic priest for nearly fifteen years, and had endured bullying and persecution during that time. Events eventually caused Geraghty to turn his back on the priesthood, but not the Church, and to take a different path in life. Geraghty had then studied the law part-time and, for the last 16 years of his professional life, worked as a district court judge in Sydney.
The old gent said that he had known Geraghty well, and could relate to the highs and lows, the ups and downs that he must have endured. He asked me had I known him too? I said that I had not, other than I had known the name as being in legal circles. I did wonder whether the old gent was, or had been a priest. but unfamiliarity forbade me to ask.
Needless to say, I was intrigued by the story, so much so that today I have ordered a copy of the book for myself. Watch this space for instalments!