- Paperback: 260 pages
- Publisher: Logan Square Press; 1st edition (October 20, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780981786964
- ISBN-13: 978-0981786964
- ASIN: 0981786960
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,327,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I have known several people who have been sexually assaulted by priests or other men in positions of authority, and the patterns described by Monte are similar. He portrays with accuracy and vivid detail how victims manipulated, made to feel ashamed, made to fear telling anyone, threatened by suggesting the involvement of other siblings in the sick sexual world of his rapist, and misled about the Catholic faith so that they would better become that rapists’ sexual play things. The detail and emotion force us as readers to realize very, very clearly: these things really happen. Catholics should not take offense to this book; rather, Catholics should realize that Monte identifies an enemy of the church operating within, a type of enemy that still runs rampant in the institution.
The shortcoming of this book occurs with the attempts to condemn the Catholic Church as a whole. This is not to say, however, that there is nothing to condemn! This book, however, jumps from the vile acts of a rapist to church practices, without filling in the gaps in a reasoned, objective fashion. The book is all passion, which is great when it needs to be, but it lacks contemplative consideration. For example, we hear about Larry being a pious child who learned from priests and nun, but we would like to hear more detail about what he learned, and, more specifically, where he was mistaught. Similarly, when the book turns into a whole scale condemnation of Catholic practice, we would like to hear what specific practices have allowed rapists to flourish. And we would like to hear both of those things with as much attention to detail as the rapes themselves.
I present this suggestion, dare I say challenge, to Catholics. Several times in the book, Monte talks about penance. He says:
“If you want to do penance, here’s an idea: Go into those motel rooms with me as a fifteen-year-old with the piggish Smith and have him [censored]. And then endure him offering the sacrament of the mass.”
Of course, we cannot literally do this. But I’m sure many of you have prayed for victims of clergy abuse. So, I suggest instead this penance that we all need to do for those we have failed to love: read the book. And do not read it lightly; read it as if you were reading some great work of literature or philosophy; allow yourself to get caught up in what is happening; put yourself in Larry’s place. And if you do that, you will understand two things. First, you will understand why Monte feels the way he feels both about the Catholic Church and about sexuality. And second, and more importantly to what the book intends, you will understand why it is so horrible that both rapists and those who facilitate rape remain in the Catholic Church and feel inspired to do something to route the sick bastards out!
This is not a 'church' and those who continue to treat it like a benevolent and Christian institution do so at the risk of their own souls because the facts prove otherwise and Christians are supposed to live in the light of the truth, not in the darkness of evil, lies, and the raping of children.
Monte give a most honest account, not just of the traumatic events he was forced to endure, but of his deepest feelings along the way. This book is a journey through the eyes and heart of a child who suffered the worst mankind has to offer, all thanks to Roman Catholic, Inc.
This book is beautifully written, in the form of letters to the Church, to fellow survivors, to practicing Catholics, etc. It is written with love, truth, and complete and unabashed honesty. It includes concise information that helps one get a clearer picture of the current (yes, current) Catholic scandal and a quick study on the formation and operation of the Servants of the Paraclete clergy treatment center in New Mexico.
Please, Catholics! Stay home this Sunday and, instead, read a copy of Raped: Memories of a Catholic Altar Boy. Larry endured it. All you are asked to do is read about it. And then act. Jesus never called on his followers to sit on their hands, muzzled and powerless. As Larry reminds us, Christ warned, "In as mush as ye have done it to one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Ignoring the survivors of priest/nun rape is to ignore Jesus himself. What kind of Christians do that?
God bless you, Larry, for writing this book!
What bothered me is his attack on the church selling thier property and buildings and giving it to the poor. What poor? How long would it last? A day or two? Then where do the next hand outs come from? Sell the Washington Monument? Anger is fine but after 38 years of holding back, direct the venom in the right direction. Sorry, but this book could have said it all in less than 20 pages. To me it was just another hate monger trying to earn a buck too late. But I clearly thinkj that the rapists should be turned over to local police. Case closed on that one.