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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on January 29, 2013
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
on April 2, 2011
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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on June 27, 2015
Father Dale, Matt Maher, Kevin Saunders and Life Teen saved my family and marriage. They were and are people that you could look in the eye and KNOW that what they were saying was true and right and somehow made sense in this crazy world. When everything came down at St. Tims my husband had just been deployed to Iraq and we felt as if our family had disintegrated right in front of our eyes. We supported Fr. Dale, Matt, Kevin and Life Teen through prayer and donations because we believe Fr. Dale was betrayed by some of the people that run the church. Thanks to this book we were able to read and understand the details from Fr. Dales perspective about what had really happened in those dark days. There are two sides to every story and we got the other side from the media. We had moved away from the church even though we try to remember that it is a "human" institution with all the faults and fails that humans are capable of, but nothing destroys the divinity of Jesus and the love and peace that comes from celebrating the Eucharist. We will always miss the tent revivals, the sun coming up over the statue of Pope John Paul on Easter morning and Father Dale Fushek doing a Life Teen mass on Sunday evening.
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on February 16, 2015
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. I believe he had Bishop O'Brien in his pocket, so to speak, but Dale was unable to adapt to the new, strong leadership of Bishop Olmstead once O'Brien's grievous and tragic mistakes were revealed and he resigned in disgrace.

In "The Unexpected Life" Dale Fushek comes across as confused, dishonest, prideful and overly emotional. He has the ability to convince people to join his causes and remain loyal, but he very clearly lacks the character and virtue necessary for true Christian leadership in any denomination. Please pray for Dale's conversion and for Bishop O'Brien, as I will. Thanks for reading.
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on May 14, 2015
No stars here, maybe a tip of one for saying anything at all, but there are no truths or revelations here, except that his father (my uncle) died. I guess after everything went to "hell" he needed to make some cash, so hey I'll write a tell all, my followers will buy it, just like paying pew rent in church. When he was a Catholic priest he once said everyone but Catholics go to hell. So where are you headed now pastor perv???
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2015
Great book! Makes you realize that priests are human too!
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7 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on May 10, 2011
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
on April 21, 2011
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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3 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2011
I wept with sorrow when I heard the charges. And I rejoiced when I read the book. Father Dale was gagged and imprisoned for 5 years under accusation and oppression. I longed to just hear his side but no one would let him tell it. How would Christ sit with this man? Our church leadership missed the call of Christ in this story. There was an opportunity to show immense love, concern and solidarity for a priest under trial. Truly guilty until proven innocent. I am in no way ashamed to be Catholic but this story draws me closer to all those the Church has shut out through rules, power, insensitivity and ignorance. Father Dale is a modern day prophet, thrown out of his own city but refusing to remain silent. And I bless him and his life and ministry.
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1 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2012
I grew up with former father dale as a teen during the time that all this supposedly happened. Dale is an amazing man whom was always committed to his teens. Politics and the catholic church have always taken priority over the will of Christ. I am so proud of Dale that he took the word and love of Christ to rise up for him and didn't allow Satan and his will stop the sharing of the good news! My prayers have always been with Dale! I left st Tim's years before all this occurred bc of the workings of the church made my sick but my belief in the bible and Jesus words stand firm! Great read for all those recovering from catholic teachings.
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