Beyond Belief: Abused by his priest. Betrayed by his church. The story of the boy who sued the Pope. Paperback – 14 May 2009
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'Colm O'Gorman is one of the most inspiring and dignified voices heard in Ireland in recent times. He has triunphed over sexual abuse.' (Mary Robinson, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former President of the Republic of Ireland.)
'a powerful and moving story and Colm tells it so articulately in print and interview.' (ABC Radio National Life Matters)
Abused by his priest. Betrayed by his church. This is the story of the boy who sued the Pope. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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From what could have been a horror story full of abuse and hurt, O'Gorman has written a powerful book full of hope and possibility. He challenges the reader to be all that they can be, to speak up and speak out - to change the world. His story made me believe I could, his life shows that we all can, if we chose to.
His description of his relationship with his Dad speaks powerfully of love and the bond between a father and son which has the power to work through any difficulty. I was moved to tears and to above all hope as I read of their reconciliation and of the power of their mutual love and respect.
You must read this book!
In the end, he calls us to action, to bring the church to take responsibility for the devastation it has caused by it's own inaction.
A must read. You won't believe it.
It is significant this man has used the truth to face what has happened to him. The Catholic church however does not seem to be able to see, hear or want the truth to be told. I really felt for that little boy. Having been brought up in a catholic home and church I can clearly see how they got and continue to get away with abuse of their congregation. I have a real problem with the level of control the church has imposed on people across the world. Sad that they can't impose the same control on themselves.
As I said, as a non believer I do have to wonder why the parents of children who were brave enough to speak out about the abuse that had occured did not go directly to the police? Allowing the RCC to "deal" with such serious crimes "in house" played into the hands of the perpetraters. In a particularly infuriating chapter (The Full Report) the inspiring author Colm O'Gorman tells of the action the Bishop of Dublin took in 1986 when such crimes were brought to his attention. He approached an INSURANCE COMPANY on the advice of the church solicitors, and took out a policy to protect against the cost of any claims resulting from his priests raping and abusing children! Did he prevent the named priests from working with children? Report the matter to the police? Put robust child protection rules into place? No. He took out an insurance policy to pay out any future claims - when he SHOULD have been taking steps to prevent such claims arising.
So, there is the horror of the initial crimes against children - and the dispicable way the RCC 'dealt' with the matter.Read more ›
The author starts by describing his early using the most wonderful imagery, bringing the sights, smells and tastes of his childhood alive but also very subtly expressing an innocence and naivety, not with him but by his family and community, that permitted sexual abusers to enter his life and fill it full of poison and despair. However the focus of the book is not on how society let him down and let this happen, this is a story about a man who wanted to change society so it would never happen again, and that is exactly what he did.
This has to be the single most inspiring story I have ever read, yes it made me cry but it also made me laugh out loud. This not a depressing account of abuse and pain but an encouraging tale of bravery, of standing up to the Church, of refusing to be paid off and go away. It is a really easy book to read and I would certainly read anything else he writes as he has real talent for writing. He makes you feel like you are there every step of the way, never getting letting the story get too upsetting or in later stages too bogged down in legalities and court hearings. It's a fascinating tale that everyone should read and I couldn't recommend it more.
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There seem to be an awful lot of these books around and I suppose one can get of the mindset - well yes, but most of us had a hard life! Read morePublished on 28 Jun. 2014 by Caroline Perrin
a brilliant book dealing with an issue that should have been aired much earlier the author must be highly praised for his courage in been so openPublished on 4 April 2014 by Amazon Customer
It show what an evil organization that church is , it bends over backwards to protect these dirty men and their own reputation, and that the perpetrators of these crimes against... Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2014 by mr peter r moroney
Thought-provoking, shocking, indicative of his total determination and strength of character. A must-read for anyone interested in this area and in the Catholic church as an... Read morePublished on 1 Mar. 2014 by Making up for lost time
What an amazing journey this man had in search of placing the truth in the public domain. He was determined that the Church should face up to its responsibility in ALLOWING the... Read morePublished on 21 Feb. 2014 by rainbowmmoon
A thought provoking read of human injustice in my lifetime. I could not put it down. A must read by all.Published on 21 Feb. 2014 by Butterfly
I needed to read this book for research purposes. It was well written and harrowing. I read it at three sittings.Published on 19 May 2013 by Paul