Unto Us a Child: Abuse and Deception in the Catholic Churchby Donald T. Phillips
The Alberts, a Kansas family beset by hard times and too many challenges lost seven of their nine children to the state in the late 1940's; the other two died as toddlers. The Catholic Church convinced the family and the state that the best place for the children was in the local orphanage run by the church. Once there, the children were exploited and subjected to sexual, physical, emotional, and mental abuse by both the nuns and priests. Darlene, the youngest daughter died tragically at age 47. After her death, her brothers discovered the secret life that she led during her time at the home, and later as a young, beautiful woman when she gave birth to the illegitimate child of a priest. They went about searching for the child that she gave up for adoption years earlier. Ironically, that child also was seeking his birth parents at the same time and they were united-too late for mother and son to meet, but Darlene's brothers treasured the opportunity of meeting the boy who grew up to be a fine man. Meanwhile, the boys in the Albert family sought vindication in the Kansas courts until the emotional toll was too great to bear. This is their true, fully documented story told by Don Phillips, a best selling New York Times author, outstanding journalist and master story-teller.
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After reading the book twice, I think the Albert family is courageous in standing up for their sister and for themselves. This abuse occurred in the heartland of the U.S., but it undoubtedly has parallel situations in other parts of the country. Don Phillips has compiled information, records, and recollections to write a creditable true-life story. Reading of the family's struggles makes one understand better the reality of sexual abuse. This family deserves praise for their courage and honesty in sharing their life story.
This is a well-written true story about cruelty by priests and nuns to innocent children. In this book, New York Times bestselling author Donald T. Phillips details the true story of a family from Kansas whose children were put in an orphanage run by the Catholic church after falling on hard times. When one of the daughters dies years later, she leaves material that reveals the secret life she led at the home and later as a woman, having a sexual relationship with a priest, giving birth to his child, and being abandoned. As the brothers discussed this discovery, they also compared their experiences at the home only to find out all of them had been abused by priests and nuns. The Catholic Church should be ashamed of its behavior and make sure that this tale of horror never happens again.