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Sworn to Silence by Brendan Boland - Pre Order Now

Book Description
Release Date :     17th, July 2014'

After a little while he called the other boy over. Did the same to him. I heard everything. Father Smyth was a priest, a good man . But I knew that some rule had been broken'

Brendan was an eleven-year-old altar boy when he first met Father Smyth. When the abuse began, he didn't know what to do - surely he should trust a priest? But he knew he wasn't the only victim, and his worst nightmare was that his sisters would be next.

It was three years before he plucked up the courage to tell another priest. An inquiry was quickly called, in which Brendan was sworn to secrecy. But the abuse didn't stop. Instead, Father Smyth continued to prey on other children for two more decades until he was finally convicted, in the 1990s, of over 130 counts of child sexual abuse.

This shocking memoir tells how, for years, a priest's abuse was ignored by the Catholic Church - and how one brave small boy stood up for justice.

Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Ebury Press (17 July 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 009195746X
ISBN-13: 978-0091957469

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About the Author:
Brendan Boland was born in 1961 into a strong Catholic family. In 1975, at the age of 14, Brendan was involved in a secret canonical inquiry where he first told priests that he was being sexually abused by Father Brendan Smyth. He married his childhood sweetheart Martina in 1983 and later moved to England in search of work. He's been working as an engineer at News International since 1991, where he is still employed today. Brendan lives in Essex, England.

Revelations spark calls for cardinal to step down

REVELATIONS concerning Cardinal Sean Brady's involvement in a 1975 canonical inquiry into Fr Brendan Smyth's abuse of Brendan Boland have sparked fresh calls for the Catholic Church's most senior churchman to stand down.

Marie Kane, who was one of six survivors who met Pope Francis two weeks ago in the Vatican, has threatened to write again to the Pope if Dr Brady does not offer his resignation.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, Ms Kane said Mr Boland's book "confirms the conversation I had with Pope Francis and the issues I raised" regarding "cover-ups and secrecy in the Irish church".

"This is a book Pope Francis really needs to read," she said as she called on Dr Brady to make a statement.

However, the Catholic Communications Office in Maynooth declined to comment on the book's contents.

Shame

Ms Kane said Mr Boland had suffered "two-tiered" abuse at the hands of the church, first of all the actual abuse by Smyth and then the cover-up and swearing to secrecy.

She expressed frustration that Dr Brady would be allowed to retire in August when he turns 75 "as if he had done nothing wrong".

The mother of two, who was abused by a Dublin priest, said: "He should be leaving his post with his head down in shame."

The Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Charles Brown, has given his backing to Dr Brady. Speaking in Knock, he said: "I have not seen the book. But not having seen it, Cardinal Brady has my total confidence, support and respect as a bishop and as a cardinal."

Ian Elliott, the former CEO of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church, said the book's revelations raise the question of "how a situation of this nature would be handled today if it occurred within the church?".

Source: Irish Independent 21 July 2014

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