The Death of Peter Patkutka

The Death of Peter Patkutka

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Peter Patkutka, who has wavered between religious belief and unbelief for most of his adult life, thinks that he will achieve closure and resolution of this conflict by being formally excommunicated from the Catholic Church into which he had been baptized as an infant, and, thus, without his consent; he considers his baptism as a kind of kidnapping. He enrolls in a local parish, and becomes a familiar presence at a particular Sunday Mass, and then, one Sunday morning, he stands up during Mass and speaks to the congregation. Given that this is a strange enough occurrence within traditional Catholicism, because the Mass is a fixed ritual in which the individual only participates, what is stranger still, is that the celebrant of the Mass, Fr. Thomas Speyer, S.J., allows him to speak, making the priest suspect in the eyes of the Catholic Church. The Death of Peter Patkutka explores the consequences of both men's actions, not only in their own lives, but in the lives of those who know them.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 460 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 24mm | 608g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514791285
  • 9781514791288

About Edward Makuta

Makuta lives on Cape Cod. He has wended his way there, after many detours, both physical and spiritual, from the Anthracite region of Pennsylvania. He is, at present, working on a new edition of The Land of Opportunity and Other Fictions, a collection of related short stories, depicting the Eastern European immigration to the Anthracite region, which will include three additional stories previously unpublished, and, he is also working on a collection of new stories tentatively entitled A Book without a Center, without an Edge.show more