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Sworn to Silence: A Young Boy. An Abusive Priest. A Buried Truth. [Kindle Edition]

Brendan Boland
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It was March 29th 1975 when Brendan Boland was summoned to give evidence to a secret canonical inquiry. The altar boy had just celebrated his 14th birthday. He had been abused for almost three years by a priest who would become Irelands’ most notorious paedophile. Now the church wanted to know exactly what happened. Brendan told them everything ...

Sworn to Silence is the story of one boy’s quiet determination to stop wrongdoing. It is a story which the Irish Catholic church kept secret for almost four decades: the story of Brendan Boland. This compelling and important book will present a candid and often moving first-hand account of events by Boland.

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searingly honest…a wonderful book

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One boy who bravely speaks up. A church determined to keep him silent.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3419 KB
  • Print Length: 289 pages
  • Publisher: The O'Brien Press (28 July 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IHH2MB8
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This is an account of a modern fight between Samson and a number of Golliaths. Samson, injured, and fighting on behalf of a broken people leaves a legacy that inspires others to follow. God too, has been a victim in this struggle. This is a brilliant book, but words do not contain the degree of pain inflicted or describe the damage caused, so it needs to be read carefully. Brendan Smith was a wolf in wolf's clothing, but others chose to see him otherwise. Brendan Boland gave timely warning after much damage was already done, but these were ignored, and he was allowed to destroy many more young people. Much attention is given to the role of Cardinal Brady who was a rising ecclesial cleric at the time. His actions were disgraceful. He should have known that an oath of silence could not have been administered validly to a fourteen year old child. Not even his parents were allowed to be told and the only access to therapy were by priests appointed by the authorities. The Church does not have such a resource. The abuse Brendan was dealing with was like a nuclear reactor that has gone critical inside his body. He was forbidden to get help. Cardinal Daly was responsible for putting a 'lid' over the reactor believing that would contain the scandal and prevent contamination spreading publicly. Brendan Boland was being victimised again. It took a while for the penny to drop. When it did drop he began to pursue Cardinal Daly just like he went after Brendan Smith. The two were one of a kind! The victims of abuse are called 'survivors' because they choose to live with the pain, and very often that is because they have good support like the people mentioned by the author. In reality Cardinal Daly attempted to deny him of that support, thus putting his life very much at risk. Thank God for Brendan Boland and the great circle of people supporting him. The book deserves ten stars!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Brilliant Wee Book 27 Aug. 2014
By BannMan
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This book brings the darkness of the Catholic Church into the light not only in terms of endemic sexual abuse but it also reveals the churches total disregard for it's legal responsibilities. While bishops and cardinals knew everything and did nothing, children suffered and families were torn apart. The awful thing is that while some of those involved have been dragged into accountability, none have admitted any wrong doing and all, even the very perpetrator, held on to their posts. I think this author demonstrated, as a child, immense bravery in the face of institutionalised rape and buggery and deserves our full appreciation. This is a difficult read but both Brendan and Darragh have done a wonderful job!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suffering of the Innocent! 19 July 2014
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May God give you strength and comfort you and your family. Talk to Stephen he will give you strength. Peace!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sworn to Silence 15 Oct. 2014
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This is a harrowing story of a betrayal of trust by so many people whom the author could have expected to rely upon. First there was the priest who inveigled his way into the author's family and used the trust he gained to abuse the author. When the author plucked up his courage and told another priest about the abuse the resulting investigation swore the author to secrecy and assured all concerned that it would not happen again and that steps would be taken to stop the abuse of other children continuing.

But the actions taken were not effective and the priest continued to abuse children for more than twenty years. So many people knew of the abuse and turned a blind eye to it. Children - apart from the author - who reported the abuse were not believed or the whole thing was swept under the carpet because 'no lasting harm' had been done to the children. It is clear from this book that the harm done is hugely damaging and long lasting colouring the rest of people's lives.

How does a child deal with such abuse? They are brought up to trust a priest implicitly and it follows from that that anything the priest does or says must be acceptable whatever instinct tells you about it. Then if you say anything to another adult about what is going on the chances are you probably won't be believed.

All these thoughts and feelings come over so well from this book and I found myself empathising with the author and becoming angry over the betrayal and the way it coloured his life. To add insult to injury he had to fight for years to obtain compensation from the church - the organisation which should have protected him in the first place.

This is an uncomfortable and disturbing read but a necessary one. I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley for review purposes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I applaud this author 16 Sept. 2014
By read-along-with-sue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
How can you not give this book anything but 5 stars for a review.

This is an horrendous act on children. I have never had any sympathy with any perpetrator and although there are books out there some making us try to understand or feel sorry for the perpetrator, that will NEVER happen.

There are plenty of religions that "hide" and "cover up" these pedophiles and it makes me livid as this book did.

Here is an 11 year old boy, an altar boy in the Catholic church. Young, innocent lad. Then he gets to meet Father Smyth [I don't even want to type his title!] hidden under his clothe is a wolf in lambs clothing. After suffering at the hands of this man, he gets the chance to tell another priest of what's happening to him. He fears for his sisters too and he is convinced its happening to others.

Did they do anything about this lads revelation? NO! It was many years later when this Father Smyth was brought accountable for his actions, but by then he had abused many more.

There is not any excuse for this religious organization to move this person from parish to parish to 'hush it up'. Its inexcusable.

I had read an account of this happening in a different religious sect not many months ago. Religious organizations are a great way for pedophiles to 'hide' under the radar and even now this is happening.

I applaud Brendan Boland for writing this book. It took some guts, but I would imagine its also a relief to get it 'out there' make people aware.

Things like this is not an isolated case, its going on even now folks.

I feel you should read this book to see just what effect it actually haves on the survivors.

I would like to thank Random House UK, Ebury Publishing for allowing me a copy of this book to read and review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars He was a great work mate
I knew Brendan. He was a great work mate. Book was therfore poignant as well as very well written.
Published 25 days ago by peter tracey
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must read, I thought I ...
This book is a must read, I thought I had heard it all, seen it all, and read it all over the years about the cover ups and lies and betrayals, victims go through in Ireland. Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. owen
5.0 out of 5 stars possibly a bit crazy in love, but I did love him
I knew Brendan, he's my ex boyfriends father... this book was difficult to read, and I couldn't put it down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jenna McGeagh
5.0 out of 5 stars A tender emotional read
My heart goes out to the author in everything he went through and the justice he sought. Well done for finding the courage to share your story
Published 2 months ago by Joanna Warrington
5.0 out of 5 stars Standing Back
The first book I ever read written by someone who had been sexually abused by a priest was Colm O'Gorman's "Beyond Belief". Read more
Published 3 months ago by Póló
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very moving
Published 6 months ago by eileen white
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Published 7 months ago by Rose Cannon
5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of the most moving books I have ...
This is one of the most moving books I have read. It is written with such honesty and modesty by the most courageous man I have the privilege to know. Well done x
Published 9 months ago by emma banks
5.0 out of 5 stars Brendan your father sounds like something out of a fairy tale I'm sure...
Written by a very strong brave man.
Brendan your father sounds like something out of a fairy tale I'm sure he has touched the hearts of many. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Xxx
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
So heart-breaking.
Published 10 months ago by Catherine22
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