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  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: Logan Square Press (20 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981786960
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981786964
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,736,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an important document, but not a well-written book. As a memoir it is graphic (though not detailed); full of anger and rage. As a book it is repetitive and not clearly structured; and I found myself wondering whether a novelist's account of the same story might not in the end be more powerful.
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Brutal, Honest, and Necessary 19 Feb. 2014
By Douglas R. VanBenthuysen - Published on Amazon.com
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This book gives a brutal and honest portrayal of child sexual abuse perpetrated by a Catholic priest/rapist on a devout 15 year old altar boy. It will be difficult to read for both those shy to explicit language and those readers who try to put themselves into the situation with their full imaginations. But the narrative is very insightful about a current societal problem that is often handled with kid gloves.

I have known several people who have been sexually assaulted by priests or other men in positions of authority, and the patterns described by Monte are similar. He portrays with accuracy and vivid detail how victims manipulated, made to feel ashamed, made to fear telling anyone, threatened by suggesting the involvement of other siblings in the sick sexual world of his rapist, and misled about the Catholic faith so that they would better become that rapists’ sexual play things. The detail and emotion force us as readers to realize very, very clearly: these things really happen. Catholics should not take offense to this book; rather, Catholics should realize that Monte identifies an enemy of the church operating within, a type of enemy that still runs rampant in the institution.

The shortcoming of this book occurs with the attempts to condemn the Catholic Church as a whole. This is not to say, however, that there is nothing to condemn! This book, however, jumps from the vile acts of a rapist to church practices, without filling in the gaps in a reasoned, objective fashion. The book is all passion, which is great when it needs to be, but it lacks contemplative consideration. For example, we hear about Larry being a pious child who learned from priests and nun, but we would like to hear more detail about what he learned, and, more specifically, where he was mistaught. Similarly, when the book turns into a whole scale condemnation of Catholic practice, we would like to hear what specific practices have allowed rapists to flourish. And we would like to hear both of those things with as much attention to detail as the rapes themselves.

I present this suggestion, dare I say challenge, to Catholics. Several times in the book, Monte talks about penance. He says:
“If you want to do penance, here’s an idea: Go into those motel rooms with me as a fifteen-year-old with the piggish Smith and have him [censored]. And then endure him offering the sacrament of the mass.”
Of course, we cannot literally do this. But I’m sure many of you have prayed for victims of clergy abuse. So, I suggest instead this penance that we all need to do for those we have failed to love: read the book. And do not read it lightly; read it as if you were reading some great work of literature or philosophy; allow yourself to get caught up in what is happening; put yourself in Larry’s place. And if you do that, you will understand two things. First, you will understand why Monte feels the way he feels both about the Catholic Church and about sexuality. And second, and more importantly to what the book intends, you will understand why it is so horrible that both rapists and those who facilitate rape remain in the Catholic Church and feel inspired to do something to route the sick bastards out!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A book you will never forget 10 Dec. 2010
By JD - Published on Amazon.com
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A story that needed to be told, in extremely graphic truth, the way it happened, giving the reader a profound first-hand account of what it is like to be raped by a priest at age 15, what it does to you for the rest of your life and how the Catholic church covered up and condoned these crimes. After reading this book I can only scream 'why isn't this monster in prison?'

This book can help the many who have been sexually abused in childhood and the rest of us will never forget how horrible that is.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Tough, but important read 12 Mar. 2011
By E. J. Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not an easy book to read, BUT if you want to know what it really means to be raped or molested, this book will give you a horrific, graphic depiction. That said, it does have a purpose beyond shock. This is a true story of an Albuquerque man who desperately needs healing. Dennis Domrzalski, a life-long writer and journalist who first covered the priest abuse scandal in New Mexico (for Tribune), wrote the troubled story of Monte's experiences. On the day the eBook was being released, we met and discussed this abuse case with a local Sister of Charity, who had just finished reading this tragic story. She could sympathize with Monte's pain and anguish, but was anxious to remind readers that while some priests are "horrible, ungodly predators" there are many other priests, monks, spiritual advisors and members of the Catholic Church who are compassionate and committed to the teachings of Jesus Christ. Her other point is that we are all human and fallible -- the abused and the abusers -- and we all need forgiveness. Dennis also deserves forgiveness for tackling such a painful subject and doing his best to help Monte share his awful experiences.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Hurtful Truth! 9 April 2011
By J. Vialpando - Published on Amazon.com
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Larry speaks his mind and no one can blame him. I know Larry and I am very happy he wrote this book that exposes the continual ongoing mess the Catholic church tries to hide underneath the table. This book was difficult to read for me at times as I was thinking, how can people be so ugly.
A Must Read, about the forgotten generations of those sexually abused by catholic priests and the catholic hierarchy 3 April 2014
By lemonte - Published on Amazon.com
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This very compelling story should be read by all Catholics who sit in the pews and continue to give, their time, talents, and finance. This is a wake up call to all who concerned about our future generations, especially in light of the vatican's approval March 31 2014 of the United States Bishop's plan not requiring a presiding diocesan bishop to turn a known pedophile priest over to law enforcement or the appropriate authorities for prosecution.
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