A True Story of Abuse by Catholic Priests
When the Roberts family’s favorite priest started inviting himself to dine at their dinner table weekly, they were delighted to oblige. Then, when the priest started inviting their teenaged son, Michael, on day trips, they were even more pleased to see their son developing a close friendship with their beloved priest. What the family did not know was that the priest was grooming Robert for what would become years on ongoing sexual abuse.
In Behind Sacred Walls, Michael describes how he fell under the control of the priest, who abused him verbally, emotionally, and sexually. It was, the priest told him, God’s will that teenager satisfy the priests human needs, and the priest used God and his Michael’s parents as psychological weapons to prevent the teen from telling his parents. Even though he was riddled with shame and guilt, Michael saw no way out of the continuing abuse. And most of all, he feared the pain it would cause his parents if they found out.
In the end, Roberts tells how he was eventually able to extricate himself from the abusive relationship with the priest. He also relates the years of red tape he encountered in the Catholic Church while seeking justice.