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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (1 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908800062
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908800060
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 649,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In 1984, Ray Mouton represented the first Catholic priest charged with sex crimes against children. His subsequent efforts to save children from the Church extended across the United States, working with a canon lawyer in the Vatican Embassy and a bishop holding a secret appointment from the Papal Nunciature. Mouton co-authored a document in 1985 that has since been hailed by the media as the most important document issued in the crisis.

Visit his website at www.raymouton-ingodshouse-thenovel.com

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'An extraordinary novel. I found it moving, even ennobling ... fluently written' The Sunday Herald.

'A scandal that reveals a hero' Ireland Sunday Independent.

'Mouton has written much more than a novel. He is writing history that he alone can record' Reverend Thomas Doyle.

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This book is more than a novel. It's a testament to one of the most harrowing problems of our time. It's the story of one man's crusade to bring justice to the victims of child abuse. And it’s a journey through the dark corridors of the oldest, richest, most powerful religious institution on earth: the Roman Catholic Church.

LOUISIANA, 1984: a promising young Catholic lawyer named Renon Chattelrault agrees to defend the first ever priest to be charged with committing sex crimes against children. He knows it will be controversial. Most men would stand aside. But Chattelrault is not most men.

With the evidence he has gathered during the defence of a man he abhors, he mounts a crusade to expose the vast conspiracy that goes to the very foundation of the Catholic Church. A conspiracy which has allowed those priests who have abused children to continue committing those crimes. For years, Chattelrault lives and breathes a fight for justice that will cost him everything he has.

This is an astonishing story about one of the great scandals of our time, and one man's epic efforts to put things right.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Gardner VINE VOICE on 8 Oct. 2012
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Frankly this book has it all. Firstly, based on true events, It has deceit, twisting the truth and not willing to see it either, It has tension although we all have a good idea of the outcome, It's about one man the author and some others who take on the Catholic church and the sexual abuse of children, based in the USA but with the same happening elsewhere, for some this will make difficult reading, But because we all know the outcome we should not avoid this book as it gives an insight as to what happens when complacency leads to complicity, this could frankly mean just about everything in life, including politics.
I am not going to add to much to this as I feel that everyone should read it and they will find that they have a slightly altered view point as to whats said and done of the events around them.
The one thing it does reinforce is that there are good and caring humans there too who must prevail for the human race to survive...
Not easy for some to read, but, please do so...
It has tension, complexity, human degradation, human love and forgiveness. exceptionally well written.
Truth must always win...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Christine G. Adams on 23 Sept. 2012
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In God's House by Ray Mouton is a novel depicting the events leading to and the aftermath of the molestation case involving a Louisiana pedophile priest in the 1980's. It is imperative that every catholic read this book and examine their conscience to visualize the sins that should never have happened and must never again happen. The rage that I felt and still feel after reading this book was such an overwhelming reaction to this horrendous situation - one that should never have been covered up for what actually was centuries.

Having been chosen by the church he so dearly loved to represent a pedophile priest, attorney Renon Chattelrault accepted the challenge of what he thought was to remove this sick man from the proximity of innocent children and to get for him the medical and mental help he so desperately needed. What he didn't expect was to find the hundreds of other such priests who were being protected, promoted or passed on to other parishes.

The manner in which this hero of a man was let down by the media, the legal system and the faith he had once so proudly practiced is excruciating to visualize. In his effort to help countless voiceless victims, he loses everything of importance: his marriage, his career, his faith and his beloved hometown.

This is a must read for all, especially Catholics. To be aware of such atrocities and do nothing defines mortal sin. Although over 500 pages, it is a very quick read - it was very difficult to put down. It is by far the best book I have ever read. Congrats, Ray.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ratscat13 VINE VOICE on 10 July 2013
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In God's House is the story of Renon Chattelraut, a Louisiana lawyer appointed to represent a priest accused of sexual assault on a number of young boys. He finds himself up against the Catholic Church and its lawyers who want to hide the fact they were aware of the abuse and that it's not an isolated incident.

I was interested in this book as I was raised Catholic and was a teen during the period the book covers. However whilst I agree the story should be told; dressing what is a true story up as fiction detracts from its power.

This is obviously the story of Ray Moulton's defence of the first Catholic priest to be accused in open court of sexual abuse of a minor. It is hardly even disguised as fiction, even Ren's family mirrors Ray's own. I understand that people can only guess as to why people acted as they did within the Church but the fictionalisation of a true story detracts from the story that needs to be told.

I found the writing to be poor for a novel; it is a cross between a lawyer's declaration and an educational paper. People repeatedly use the same phraseology, which they do in real life but in a work of fiction the repetitiveness becomes irritating.

I have no love for the Catholic Church and it's secrets, I was physically abused by nuns during my schooling (one example being beaten around the head with a wooden board duster for daring to suggest that other religions saw a different path to the same true God! I was 6) and the priests were no better when Fr O offered me a drink one Christmas (age 13) I was given a half pint of Baileys.... I didn't drink it or I may have ended up understanding these kids more than I do!

Scary that it took so long for people to speak out against the Church, I am glad they did and books like this are written. It still not telling the truth though, writing this as fiction detracts from what needs to be said about the gross misuse of power of this institution. Hence only 3*
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jood TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Jan. 2013
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I have to agree with one reviewer who has wondered why this has been written as a novel rather than a true account, given that it is about the actual case of sexual abuse against children by predatory Catholic priests. It took me quite a long time to get through this because at times I became so angry I had to put it down, sometimes for a few hours, until I was able to get back to it. The sexual abuse of children is dreadful enough, but what this book exposes is the manipulation, lies and secrecy of the Catholic Church, right to the top layers of the Vatican. Everything possible was done to protect "the Mother Church" from scandal.....and this in itself is scandalous; the hierarchy within the church believed that the police had no part in their affairs. In fact it was felt within the Church, and probably still is, that they are above the law. It was well known within the Church that hundreds, if not thousands, of priests were abusing children, but nothing was done about it.

The author was the lawyer involved in this case, the first of its kind, in which an abused child sued the Church; during the many years he was involved he lost everything from his marriage to his faith. At times I found the fine detail a little too much; it could have been pared down to give a tighter, sharper read, but having said that this really is a compelling account of one of the most horrible scandals of our time. It is not an easy book to read; it is horrifying but compelling. It is not a book to "enjoy", but is an important book which deserves to be widely read; maybe attitudes to the all powerful control of the church will change.
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