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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 3, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466425334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466425330
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,198,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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.


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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. Dave is the author of two critically acclaimed books, 'Double Standard: Abuse Scandals and the Attack on the Catholic Church' and 'Catholic Priests Falsely Accused: The Facts, The Fraud, The Stories.'

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.

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He cites specific cases of priests by name in the U.S., uncovering the truth.
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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.
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I'm not finished with this book yet, as I probably read two or three at a time, but it's very good.
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Charlene C. Duline on November 28, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
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.

Charlene C. Duline
Author, Drinking from the Saucer: A Memoir
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Liz F on December 18, 2011
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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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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Highland Croft on December 17, 2011
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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.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By B. Bratton on January 10, 2012
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Great book. The Church has always had attacks from within and without and that probably won't change. Innocent priests are going to jail. It's time a book like this was written to expose the culprits.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By John on March 12, 2012
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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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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Rosemarie L. Kury on January 17, 2012
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I'm not finished with this book yet, as I probably read two or three at a time, but it's very good. I have an e book on my Kindle and purchased this book as a gift for a priest I know.
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An excellent book on the truth of falsely accused priests denied justice. I recommend it to all, not just Catholics.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pen & Ink on March 2, 2014
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This should be required reading for every journalist and television/radio reporter. It should be put in every parish and diocesan library and bookstore. Defending priests falsely accused does not excuse the real perpetrators. Pray for our priests.
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