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Beyond Belief: The Catholic Church and the Child Abuse Scandal Paperback – 2 Sep 2010
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Yallop shows his detailed historical research. (Tribune)
From the author of In God's Name which has sold 6 million copies, this is a controversial expose concerning the Catholic Church's unfolding child-abuse scandals and coincides with Pope Benedict's visit to the UK in September 2010.See all Product description
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In his book 'In God's Name' David discussed many of the problems Albino Luciano faced when he became Pope: International Banking, Freemasonry the Mafia and Sexual Activity by priests with children and adults who were members of their congregation. In this book he deals with just the one subject Child Abuse. Of course this crime does not apply solely to priests, sadly it is crime committed by other sectors of society as well.
The tragedy of course is that the priests have dedicated their lives to God, are his representatives in the community and have also dedicated themselves to celibacy. I was brought up in the Church of England where the clergy were married men with families and therefore wonder why celibacy is deemed necessary for priests in the Catholic Church. This book shows that in a great number of cases although the priest has dedicated his life to God and celibacy he still lives in a human body and that body has a need for sex. The nearest people available are the child officers of the church, the altar boys and choir boys. The priest is their superior, therefore they do what he tells them. They feel guilt doing what they know is a wrong thing to do in God's house and out of it, and asking for Absolution for the sin they know they have committed the abusing priest has often offered to give them Absolution for the crime he has committed with them.
There are also stories here of dreadful physical violence perpetrated on children. David, as he always does, has researched diligently and meticulously and has written clearly and objectively. Dreadful stories where victims have had to take their cases into the Justice System, and have been given money as compensation - as if anything could compensate for these dreadful wrongs. Here is a sentence towards the end of the book 'Many of the sexually abusive priests are treated with injections of Depo-Provera, a drug frequently prescribed as a female contraceptive.'
The very last sentence is from St. Matthew 18 verse 6 'But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.'
The book is called 'Beyond Belief' by David Yallop. No, it is not easy reading but it is necessary that it was written.
Another excellent investigation by David Yallop and I must say that this book fairly and squarely puts the onus of the continuing sexual abuse by clerics of ALL ranks, Cardinals, Bishops, Nuns, fairly and squarely at the door of the Vatican! Surely the one in charge, obviously the Pope, should be held to account? Unfortunately, who actually is there to do this, as the Catholic Church in most cases appears to be above the law and certainly feels itself to be so?
In fact it does appear that this is exactly what several hundred thousand former members of the Roman Catholic Church have thought and shown in by leaving the Church in droves, which in fact now, according to the current Pope, Benedict, is facing a crisis of faith with falling numbers of members and the recruitment of new priests.
Is it any wonder, you ask yourself, because if you read this book, you will see exactly WHAT the problem is? The previous Pope, John Paul described sexual abuse by clerics as purely an American Problem.; very strange this as at least one of his best friends, definitely NOT operating in America was a serial abuser and for whom he covered up. The current Pope, another of John Paul's best friends, sees it as an Irish problem!
In any event, apparently, the hierarchy at the Vatican have now given up on Benedict, awaiting his demise, presumably because he is either recalcitrant , incompetent or both, no doubt to carry one in some form or another more of its lies, obfuscations and deliberate procrastinations. Procrastination is said to be the thief of time - in this case it is no less than the thief of childhood innocence, well-being and the living of a happy life for untold numbers of the unheard victims, many of whom are now dead along with their abusers.
Generally the Vatican's stock excuse is that it would `damage the image of Mother Church or embarrass the Pope' if any the hundreds of thousands of cases were to be brought into the light of day. What price the suffering of the victims, many of them little children, here?
America has managed to bring many cases to Court and has brought many of the Diocesan finances to bankruptcy; Ireland has gone some way to trying to do the same.
The problem is worldwide in the Catholic Church and it does make one wonder if people who are that way inclined deliberately join as clerics to carry out their nefarious doings because, apparently, the vetting procedures on joining leave much to be desired and it is easy to slip through the net, that is, if there IS a net in existence.
Jesus Christ defined it precisely, in Matthew, Chapter 18 when he told the Disciples that it would be better that anyone who harmed a little child should have a millstone tied around his neck and be thrown into the sea.
Very strange then, isn't it, that the Roman Catholic Church STILL actually purports to be Christ's representative on earth?
MAY 2012 - ADDENDUM TO MY REVIEW:
Have just seen TV programme on Child Sex Abuse by Roman Catholic Priests in Ireland on BBC 2 and am even more disgusted now than when I read David Yallop's excellent book. I am so tremendously sorry for these victims, some of whom, grown men now, took part in the programme. In the main they have been scarred for life.
The Catholic Church has virtually alienated all decent faithful people in Ireland through its actions and no wonder - the victims were treated as pariahs when it should have been the abusing clerics. The Church is still in denial over many aspects of this dispicable chain of events.
I also note that Ireland has closed its Embassy with the Vatican - no surprise there I think but it does speak volumes, Southern Ireland having been such a Catholic dominated society until relatively recently. Wonder what the Pope thinks??
This newer book, "Beyond Belief" has some additional material, which brings the question slightly further up to date, but its most significant material is already in "The Power and the Glory", which some readers may already own. (The publishers of "Beyond Belief" might want to assist customers by pointing this out in the description!)
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