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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Serey/Jones (February 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881276058
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881276050
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,010,051 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Psalm31 on January 29, 2013
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Laicized. Excommunicated. Founded a schismatic worship group. Please don't support a predator with your hard earned money. Research his name a little first.
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30 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Nich on April 2, 2011
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This former priest who took vows to be an obedient Catholic clergyman explains why he leaves the church to found a protestant church. It's a tale as old as Christianity: a man who thinks he knows better than two thousand years of tradition goes off to become his own pope.
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I bought this book used. It's written in an informal tone which is sometimes off-putting, at least for me.

I was involved in Life Teen years ago as a CORE member and had a chance to hear Dale Fushek speak and say Mass at a Steubenville Life Teen conference in '99. I got the impression that he loved being the center of attention. I find it poignant that he told us during a talk to CORE members at the conference that some adults get involved in youth ministry because they want to find acceptance from teenagers and may want to redeem their disappointing high school years. I think this applies to Dale himself since in this book he admits to exchanging groin punches with high school boys in the early days of Life Teen. He was their pastor and was supposed to be a trusted father-figure, not act like a teenager himself. Sexual or not, in no way was that appropriate behavior. I believe this speaks of Dale's deeply disordered need for acceptance, by youth or otherwise.

In this review I'm not going to get into the liturgical abuses of the Catholic Mass which Life Teen promulgated far and wide. I will only say that I believe Dale was able to influence his former boss (Bishop O'Brien) in this area with unfortunate results.

Dale also attempts to convey himself as one who has forgiven all of those who turned against him during his ordeal, that he has now found complete healing and peace. Why, then, does he continue to spit vinegar at Bishop Olmstead (and others) in this book? Worst of all by far, he seems to paint Bishop Thomas O'Brien (who admitted to covering up pedophile priests) as a kindly and misunderstood man. This convenient and misleading portrayal of his criminal former boss is absolutely inexcusable.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. E. R. on February 20, 2015
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Great book! Makes you realize that priests are human too!
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7 of 19 people found the following review helpful By M T Hill on May 10, 2011
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I have been a member of the Diocese of Phoenix for over 25 years so none of the disturbing happenings were news to me. This is the first time I received an inside candid report on these episodes in the diocese. Everything(as usual)that happened was reported in the news media but with veiled secrecy by the diocese which is why many Catholics distance themselves from the established church. Corrections and adjustments from the Church officials is always protective of their actions. Surely they will do everything to discredit Dale Fuschek.
I thank him for his candid book and impressed at his avoiding excuses and dealing with the issue head on. It is what I expect of my priest, bishop, cardinal and Pope not the usual failure to take responsibility. When they fail they always fall back on payoffs and the ultimate hammer Canon Law which they themselves developed.
This book is something every Catholic should read especially persons in this diocese to find out how the system works. Certainly it is not one that Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd instituted. It is a policy of Protectionism.
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5 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Texas Pat on April 21, 2011
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This is a book about survival. Dale Fushek takes you from the heights of true joy to the depts of despair and brings you back again. Humbly and beautifully written it describes what can happen to you when the world, as you know it, turns its back. But with true courage of heart and spirit you can make it. This book is an uplifting true story and one that will touch the heart.
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