Chris

My latest at Eclectica:

“Chris Wallenska, Mister Wallenska (or, the preferred form, plain Mister) was fresh out of seven years of classics and philosophy. He was all of 24, although he seemed centuries beyond us in his knowledge of the world—the ancient Greek and Roman world, the only one that mattered. He taught us their languages as well as English and religion, a catechism class he deplored as theologically neanderthal. I remember him actually throwing the book, a thicker, more Jesuitical version of my elementary school’s, onto the floor in disgust when we reached the question regarding the effects of masturbation, which ranged from acne to sudden death. Any sign of rebellion in those days, a few years before Vatican II convened, seemed scandalously heroic, or just plain scandalous, depending on how much inclined you were toward nailing theses to church doors. I was no Martin Luther, but I thrilled at any display of dissent. …”

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About Thomas J. Hubschman

Thomas J. Hubschman is the author of Look at Me Now, My Bess, Song of the Mockingbird, Billy Boy, Father Walther’s Temptation, The Jew’s Wife & Other Stories and three science fiction novels. His work has appeared in New York Press, The Antigonish Review, Eclectica, The Blue Moon Review and many other publications. Two of his short stories were broadcast on the BBC World Service.

Posted on January 28, 2019, in Catholicism, Memoir, religion, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Excellent writing / essay, Tom — congrats!

    • I imagine you know why I have found this particular post of yours uniquely interesting. I too have these stories which have no final chapter, though I must confess your story of Chris outdoes any questions I might have about my own long ago. I have now reached the age where I am the only one who knows certain stories which my family especially and friends might want to know down the line. You are motivating me to keep writing and sharing them.

      And I do hope that if you should ever find out if the Chris you found on Google is indeed your long lost Jesuit, you will let us know too!

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