Betrayal

  • by The Investigative Staff of the Boston Globe
  • Narrated by Paul Boehmer
  • 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On 31 January 2002, The Boston Globe published a report that sent shockwaves around the world. Their findings, based on a six-month campaign by the 'Spotlight' investigative team, showed that hundreds of children in Boston had been abused by Catholic priests and that this horrific pattern of behaviour had been known - and ignored - by the Catholic Church.
Instead of protecting the community it was meant to serve, the Church exploited its powerful influence to protect itself from scandal - and innocent children paid the price.

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What the Critics Say

"The fullest account to date of the egregious priestly and episcopal mistakes, sins and crimes that occurred at the epicenter of what almost became a national crisis." (The NewYork Times)

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Don't believe the church and state and everything they tell you

Reading this book one might suggest that it is the ultimate proof that god does not exist since even those ordained in his name are corrupt and god does nothing about it. In fact through his bishops such behaviour is condoned. However this is areview and not a religious debate and so I'll leave that to those more studious in such matters to conjecture. The book contains everything about the scandal that rocked a faith and church over the decades though to me it was not shocking or surprising at all. Some might be horrified that the church could actually seek to cover up such crimes but that's for them to feel. Men are men and they do things fort which they should be punished and are not. Man's law and god's law and which is best to follow is one question which this book does make one ask oneself. The information is detailed and pulls no punches. The naration isn't bad but the volume dips at times or that might jsut be me. It's nothing special though unless you like reading investigative reports and in view of other such scandals this is nothing new and so I can't give it full marks though it does, I think, achieve what it sets out to achieve and that is to uncover the complicity of everyone involved with the clargy of the Roman Catholic church in America.
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- Rose

How could they ignore this

I found this book amazing, to listen to how the Catholic church knew and covered up for in some cases 3 decades of sexual abuse on children by its priests by moving them around parish to parish once a complaint had been made by a parent to the church.
Sending priests that had molested children to so called treatment centres run by the church and then put them back into parishes with access to more children when they were quote "cured and unlikely to do it again" then did.
Buying families off rather than removing the abusive priests so allowing the abuse to continue in other areas.
The Boston Globe did an outstanding job in exposing this scandal and the bravery of the abused in coming forward and telling their traumatic stories to bring their abusers to justice.
I find it hard to understand how a church can become the 3 wise monkeys by seeing no evil, hearing no evil and speaking no evil when the evidence was all in their hands.
I will never understand their failure to protect the children within their care.
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- Mrs. T. L. Brown

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-02-2016
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audio