Are You There, God? It’s Me, Ellen: testing the reviewer’s faith

Book review: Coyne does things her own way and doesn’t give a blessed damn

Ellen Coyne

Ellen Coyne

Really? This was my reaction, upon hearing that Ellen Coyne’s first book would be about her desire to return to the Catholic Church. The staunch feminist Ellen Coyne? The Ellen Coyne who broke the story about the dispute over ownership of the National Maternity Hospital? Who reported on the marriage referendum and the referendum of the Eighth Amendment? Who told the story of many a person persecuted by the Catholic Church?

Well, as she points out, “no one ever bothered to ask what my own view was”.

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