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Holy Hell: A Catholic Family's Story of Faith, Betrayal, Pain and Courage Bringing a Paedophile Priest to Justice

Holy Hell: A Catholic Family's Story of Faith, Betrayal, Pain and Courage Bringing a Paedophile Priest to Justice

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When Senior NSW Police Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox told the ABC's Lateline programme on November 8, 2012, that the Catholic Church had covered up crimes by paedophile priests, silenced investigations and destroyed crucial evidence to avoid prosecution, the public outrage across Australia that ensued triggered a Royal Commission into institutional child abuse. A case of Church interference Fox outlined was that of Patricia Feenan's son, Daniel who was a fourteen-year-old altar boy when he was first raped by a priest in the Newcastle-Maitland diocese. - - - - - - - - - - - - One of the many shocking aspects of the case was how the priest, a close family friend, set about secretly grooming his altar boy victim. The priest was later found guilty of nine charges of sexual abuse of a minor in a public criminal trial in 2004. - - - - - - - - - - - - Patricia writes with raw honesty about her son's terrible ordeal, and it's effects on her family. She bravely reveals the scars that linger from the callous and often cruel ostracism they endured, as well as the denial they encountered from the Catholic community for seeking to bring a paedophile priest to justice. - - - - - - - - - - - - Detective Chief Inspector Fox describes Patricia Feenan as "an extraordinary woman who never gave up the struggle to rescue her family from the terrible abyss of despair created by a paedophile priest."

Author: Patricia Feenan
Publisher: Fontaine Press
Published: 11/29/2012
Pages: 198
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.51lbs
Size: 8.00h x 5.25w x 0.45d
ISBN: 9780987356543

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