Mike Roberts’ book, Behind Sacred Walls—The True Story of My Abuse by Catholic Priests, is receiving positive reviews as he continues his media tour. Roberts tells the story of how he was abused and controlled by priests for several years in the mid-80s. He also describes the “red tape” he endured fighting the Catholic Church. Roberts reported the abuse in 1986; the priest was put on administrative leave, during which time he was probably paid. The priest was not defrocked until 2015.
When their favorite parish priest started inviting himself to the Robert’s home for dinner each week, little did the family realize that the priest was grooming their teenaged-son Michael.
After the priest convinced Michael that it was God’s will that the teenager help meet the priest’s human needs, the abuse continued for years. Michael feared both the priest and God, and he feared hurting his parents if he disobeyed the priest’s commands. Finally, Michael was able to free himself from the abuse and report the it to church authorities. But, even after the abuse was reported, it was more than twenty-three years before the priest was officially defrocked. In Behind Sacred Walls, Michael Roberts tells a compelling story that will keep you turning pages. Publication date: Summer 2021.