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on November 25, 2012
From the amount of details provided by the author, this priest could have been just giving back rubs. Inappropriate now, but was that even unethical in the sixties? Hard to defend a pedophile, but I can definitely see why he wasn't arrested. It doesn't seem like he did anything really wrong, according to the book. One assumes the lack of details is for propriety's sake, but this book could have been written about any kind of lousy priest who got moved around a lot.
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on January 3, 2014
I found myself forever waiting for the good part; there simply isn't much of a story in this book. Although the actual unfolding of events was likely VERY dramatic, it wasn't captured here.
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on March 22, 2013
The topic of this story was well worth reading. The style of writing was a bit boring and perhaps a little more details would have made it better.
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on December 23, 2012
Couldn't finish it - way too long; it should have been condensed and the author could not hold my attention. It was really boring.
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on January 21, 2013
Was sad to see what happened to those young men because of the priest. Want to forget all about it.
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on December 25, 2011
I read this probably back in August or September. I review nearly everything I read, but I just didn't have any enthusiasm for this one, any drive to talk about it. The good news is that it's a cheap read, and so if the topic interests you then you won't be losing much in the gamble. Perhaps it's a matter of this story being all too familiar, and so the stark recitation of facts just doesn't seem like more than you'd get in a newspaper story. At this point, I don't need to be convinced that the Catholic Church, for all of its positive qualities, has allowed their children to be devastated while shuffling the abusers around and hiding them. Now, I want to make sense of it all.

Father Bernard Bissonnette becomes more cliche than man as he pretty much hit every stereotype as he was allowed to abuse children for decades. A family seeks to confront him about it, and the beginning of the book promises this will happen. At the end we find out that he is pretty unrepentant, but so old and sickly that he is a pitiable figure. No one gets closure. The lack of closure for the reader is nothing compared to the lack of closure for these families. However, I'm left wondering what it all means and what the future seems to hold. Where is the context and how does this fit in with the bigger picture? Since the details, tragically, follow a familiar pattern, what does this piece offer?

I've I'd read this story years ago, it perhaps would have been enough in it's current form. The tale is no longer a new one, and even as the details should be shocking they've become too familiar. What are the answers? How is the church apt to change to respond to this? We live in a time when the word "priest" is said, and people have to will themselves not to snicker -- even people who were raised Catholic. What now?
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on December 1, 2014
Wasted time. Glad it was less than $1
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