Coinciding with Pope Benedict XVIs state visit to the UK in September 2010. David Yallop, author of In God's Name, looks at the current news stories concerning widespread child abuse by priests and shows how the Vatican is not telling the full story. Praise for In God's Name: 'A thriller without an ending...Yallop has surely proved there is a case to answer.' - Guardian 'An astonishing book...a story of corruption, lies and disinformation.' - Daily Mail 'Excellently done ...An engrossing and disturbing book' - Economist
Yallop shows his detailed historical research. Tribune
This is the first time in my life that I really have had serious problems reading a book. The book is superbly researched by David Yallop,the author of "In God's Name" - and the global Child Abuse Scandal within the Catholic Church he writes about will make you throw up. Being a life long practicing Catholic myself, I finished the book with an urgent desire to leave the Catholic Church instantly. The facts that Mr. Yallop uncovers will leave you rather "shaken and stirred" I am afraid. In the US alone more than ten thousand accusations of abuse by the Catholic Church has been documented, as well as showing that cardinals, bishops and priests have been involved in the protection of pedophiles. David Yallop has given a voice to the victims. Regarding the late Pope John Paul II - Karol Wojtyla - the author writes,"The Pope's silence was deliberate. He brought with him from Poland to the Vatican practices that he had embraced throughout his life as a priest. They included an intense pathological hatred of any revelation that indicate the Catholic Church was not a perfect institution. All dissent must be kept behind closed doors, whether of church politics, scandalous behavior or criminal activity." Read the book, by all means! But I warn you, you might throw up, sooner or later!
Fine study of criminal behaviour2012/3/5
This extraordinary book reveals how the Roman Catholic Church covered up and facilitated countless crimes of child abuse.
But, as Yallop comments, "The Vatican that for centuries has told people on pain of eternal damnation how they should lead their sexual lives now demands that the clerical sexual abuses that have been revealed over the last thirty years should be forgiven and forgotten. Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Ratzinger and a great many other like-minded Princes of the Church are on public record claiming that it is the abusers who are the victims."
Former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating wrote, after Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles forced him to resign as chair of a national panel whose brief was to investigate the sex abuse scandal, "our Church ... is not a criminal enterprise. It does not condone and cover up criminal activity. It does not follow a code of silence. ... To resist grand jury subpoenas, to suppress the names of offending clerics, to deny, to obfuscate, to explain away, this is the model of a criminal organisation, not my Church."
But his Church did condone and cover up criminal activity, it did follow a code of silence, it did resist grand jury subpoenas, it did suppress the names of offending clerics, it did deny, obfuscate, explain away. So didn't its actions prove it to be a criminal organisation?
The 2009 Murphy Report observed, "The Dublin Archdiocese's pre-occupations in dealing with cases of child sex abuse, at least until the mid 1990s, were the maintenance of secrecy, the avoidance of scandal, the protection of the reputation of the Church and the preservation of its assets. All other considerations, including the welfare of children and justice for victims, were subordinated to these priorities. The Archdiocese did not implement its own canon law rules and did its best to avoid any application of the law of the State."
During 2003 there were 60 complaints of sexual, physical and emotional abuse against the Catholic Church in England and Wales, but as of mid-2004 not one alleged abuser had been prosecuted.
Pope Pius V had declared in 1568 that sexual abusers `must be handed over to the secular authorities for punishment and if he is a cleric will be demoted from everything'. So the Church has gone backward since 1568.
However, sexual abuse is not just practised by Roman Catholic clerics. A 2004 study into the sexual abuse of women found that clerics from the Church of England, Methodists, Baptists and Presbyterians, as well as Roman Catholics, were also sexual predators. The report noted, "Approximately 50 per cent of the clergy involved in these particular cases are married men, which rather demolishes the proposition that celibacy is at the heart of the problem of clerical sexual abuse. It's not about celibacy, it is about abuse of power."
Excellent Survey of the Scandal2013/5/12
The child abuse scandal in the church is so widespread and involves so many people that a one volume treatment is an ambitious undertaking. Nevertheless, this book succeeds in bringing out the "triple failure" of the scandal: 1) a failure of priests and religious to abide by their vows and observe minimum moral standards ---- and instead commit heinous crimes, 2) a group of managers (bishops) who lied and covered up and then aided and abetted more criminal activities, and 3) the utter failure of the public prosecutors and the whole legal system to address this issue. And worse still, this nightmarish scandal is still going on.
Definitely beyond belief2012/12/7
J. A. Tebbs
This book is not easy to read. The subject is horrific and the details unsettling. Although I was aware that the Church harboured and protected nuns and priests that abused and tormented children, I did not realise the extreme measures taken. In the end, it's not about the flock, the salvation of souls or the morality of humanity, it's about protecting the name, wealth and prestige of an institution that needs to be given a lesson in humility.
Beyond belief Review2013/1/27
James A. Waddell
If it was possible to give 6 stars I would. This is yet another highly detailed and thoroughly researched book by David Yallop. The evil that the Vatican has dome must be seen by all and there is no better way to learn this than reading this highly informative book.