priestBy: Michaell Bartlett

How being a Catholic Priest for over 20 years forced a man to question the validity of the church and led to a personal journey of self discovery, redemption and finally liberation.

This story is for anyone that feels trapped by the weight of other’s expectations and where your acceptance depends on your continued willingness to follow their beliefs and values.  This story could help anyone from a religious or cultural background that wants to feel free.  Find out how one man ultimately learned it was more important to be true to himself, rather than to keep blindly following the rules.



Figure 1 Michaell 1951


Figure 2 Michaell 1961


I posted this on Facebook in tribute to Michaell Bartlett because sadly he died July 7 2014.
He was such a gentle, caring soul who lived life on his own terms in spite of all that he had to deal with earlier in life. It was my absolute pleasure to interview him about that journey on Cant2Can and I know it meant a lot to him to be able to share it with others.

He would be delighted to know his interview has been the most popular on Cant2Can.
To Michaell (he liked the double ll) who wanted his interview to serve as an inspiration to people who might also feel trapped by the weight of trying to do the right thing, only to find there can much wrong with some organisations that are used to being so right.

To Michaell with much love and fondness.

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