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Dave Pierre is one of the country’s leading observers of the media’s coverage of the Catholic Church abuse narrative. Reviewers praised his previous book, Double Standard: Abuse Scandals and the Attack on the Catholic Church, as "essential reading," "a landmark book," and "a great service to the Church." Dave is the creator and author of TheMediaReport.com and is a contributing writer to NewsBusters.org, the popular media-bias blog of the Media Research Center.
Dave lives with his wife and family in Massachusetts.
Dave Pierre is the country's leading observer of the media's coverage of the Catholic Church abuse narrative. Dave is the author of three critically acclaimed books, 'Double Standard: Abuse Scandals and the Attack on the Catholic Church,' 'Catholic Priests Falsely Accused: The Facts, The Fraud, The Stories,' and 'Sins of the Press: The Untold Story of The Boston Globe's Reporting on Sex Abuse in the Catholic Church.'
Readers have cited Dave's work as "essential reading," "a must-read," and "a great service to the Church."
Dave is the creator and author of TheMediaReport.com (www.TheMediaReport.com) and is a longtime contributing writer to NewsBusters.org (www.NewsBusters.org), the popular media-bias blog of the Media Research Center.
Dave has been interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR) as well as by other radio outlets and newspapers for his work. He has also contributed to print publications.
Dave is a graduate of Boston College and lives with his wife and family in Massachusetts.
In USA Today (11/18/2011) Richard Wexler, director of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, cited that 75% of reports alleging child abuse are not substantiated upon investigation. Yet three to five decades AFTER alleged abuse, claims against Catholic priests are routinely deemed "credible" with no investigation at all, casting the accused into the limbo of "zero tolerance."
Now comes David F. Pierre, an investigative writer who tracked case after case of priests falsely accused and engaged in steeply uphill battles to clear their names. Catholic Priests Falsely Accused: The Facts, The Fraud, The Stories stands alone among the genre of compelling legal and moral exposes. This book leaves the reader with one clear truth: child sexual abuse is a societal and cultural tragedy, but the solution is not to be found in unjust witch hunts. Every Catholic should read this sobering account, then take a deep breath. This book is the other truth that has been waiting to be told in the story of scandal in the Catholic Church.
This book is very well written. It reminds me of the way journalists are supposed to be; the author has obviously done his research and carefully cites all of his sources. I do have to admit that reading it angered me. I guess injustice has a way of doing that to people. I plan on buying his other book as well and buying more copies of this to share with others.
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There are so many good and faithful priests who continue their ministries in honesty, integrity and sheer courage. When these innocent men are falsely accused the media treats them as guilty until proven innocent...only the media never reports the court's finding of innocence. The author is bravely documenting the effects of these false accusations and finally a more well rounded view of the collateral damage of the sex abuse crisis is being told. Highly recommend this book for those who choose to think independently of media brainwashing.
When talking about the enormous decline in sexual abuse cases inside the Catholic Church in recent years, it is customary to preface the remarks by saying that even one case of the clerical abuse of minors is too many. Such a qualifier is completely justified. The sacred dignity of the priesthood demands that priests be held to high standards. The innocence of children (so destroyed by our hypersexualized culture) must be safeguarded at all costs. Even a single case of sexual abuse of minors is one too many.
However, a second qualifier should also be made when talking about the scandals. In the cases of sexual abuse accusations against priests, a single false accusation is one too many. There must be an equal zeal to defend the honor of reputable priests whose lives are being ruined by fraudulent claims and unscrupulous accusers. It cannot be tolerated that to the scandal of clerical abuse of children is now added the scandal of Catholic priests being falsely accused.
However, this is exactly what is happening. David F. Pierre's latest book Catholic Priests Falsely Accused: The Facts, The Fraud, The Stories is an incredible account of this great unreported scandal. He tells not just a few isolated cases but documents a systemic disregard for the reputation of priests, a hostile judicial review of cases and a marked media bias against the Catholic Church.
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How many people, including faithful Catholics, are aware that priests are denied the right to review their own personnel files, denied the right to confront their accuser, denied the right to defend themselves, denied basic Constitutional rights that the rest of us enjoy? Falsely accused priests have their lives completely ruined, their vocations--their livelihood unjustly taken from them, their reputations destroyed by greedy lawyers like Jeff Anderson & Co. & the "victims" who view the Catholic Church as their own bankroll. Innocent Catholic parishoners are watching their parishes being sold to pay the "victims" of these false accusations. The bishops don't fulfill their canonical obligations to their own priests because they are very willing to sacrifice innocent priests to save their own hides. The Church hierarchy is terrible need of a purging. Maybe this book can help.