Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Predator Priest by David Margolick

I'm passing on this information for those who might have a Kindle, and might be interested in a different type of true crime. Journalist and author David Margolick has written a disturbing piece that was released as a Kindle Single on July 22nd --- A Predator Priest. I haven't read this book, but I agreed to pass it on, since I respect the source that sent me the information.

The press release says, "Much has been written about priests and pedophilia, but not about particular priests and their particular victims. Margolick’s A Predator Priest (Kindle Single, $0.99) tells the story of Father Bernard Bissonnette, a priest from Grosvenordale, Connecticut and the fifty-year path of destruction and heartache he left in his wake. There were dozens of victims, first in his home state and then in New Mexico, where the Catholic Church sent him to be “cured,” only to recycle him in parishes throughout the state. It highlights the Deary family of Putnam, Connecticut, whose eldest son, Tommy – the second of their thirteen children – was one of Bissonnette’s earliest victims, and who, after struggling for many years with depression, marital problems, and his own sexual identity, eventually killed himself. And it follows the tireless efforts of his youngest brother to overcome the obstructionism and hostility of the Catholic Church and track down Father Bissonnette, confront him with his misdeeds, then bring him to justice – or at least get him thrown out of the Church."

More information can be found at: http://amzn.to/q8ER0N. Additionally, Margolick wrote about A Predator Priest on Slate.com (http://www.slate.com/id/2299812).

6 comments:

Charmaine Clancy said...

I shudder to even think about it - I'm too soft to cope with true crime - but I see you're reading Jim Butcher, I LOVE his series :)

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Lesa said...

And, I'm going to finish Ghost story today, Charmaine. It's been terrific.

Karen said...

IMO, the manner in which the Catholic Church has handled (or not) these priests is its biggest shame.

Lesa said...

Karen, I agree with you. That in itself is a crime.

caite said...

Ok, this is a topic, that as a Catholic, pushes my buttons.
Yes, for a priest to harm a child is a terrible, terrible thing. No question. Yes, some in leadership in the Church mishandled these cases. Again, awful.
But...

So have...and still do...school boards that just move accused teachers. And, without question, the percentage of teachers who have abused children is WAY higher.
In fact..and I know we hate to be influenced by facts sometimes...priest have one of the lowest percentage of abuser among all professions. Of course, there is more money to be made because, in most states, your can not sue the school boards! Just look at he recent decision in NY.

Your child is most likely to be abused by a relative, someone in your own home, your own family..and yes, in their school.

ok, putting my soapbox away now. ;-)

Lesa said...

No, that's fine, Caite. I'm a Catholic, too. And, you're right. A child is more likely to be abused in their own home. But, it's still a crime what happened in the Church.