In the midst of the sexual abuse crisis that is tearing the Church apart, a Catholic priest is caught between fighting for the victims of sexual abuse and his bond of loyalty to the Church. What makes this conflict unique is the internal struggle of the priest who is gay, in a Church that is ashamed of his orientation and rewards him for his silence.
While working as a chaplain in Riker's Island Jail, Father Zach learns from an inmate's confession, that the priest whom the inmate is accused of murdering, sexually abused him when he was a teenager. Father Zach discovers that his friend, who is now a bishop, was the one who reassigned this priest after his first abuse.
The battle of the priest, determined to defend the inmate, and the bishop, intent on defending the Church, drives the plot to its courtroom climax.
Which will prevail - honesty or loyalty?
"A taut, powerful story exploring the personal dimensions of the Catholic sexual abuse crisis."
-- Kirkus Reviews
"A powerful book that raises universal questions about being silenced: Do you ever muffle your own voice? What secrets imprison you?"
-- Debbie Yee Lan Wong, author of The Same Sky
"A gripping story of a man's struggle for his own integrity as the protagonist, Father Zach, confronts conflicting loyalties to his church, his conscience, and to his very humanity."
-- Rev. Donald Cozzens, author of Master of Ceremonies
"Gives readers an intimate, seldom-described peek into a gay priest's life--his sometimes conflictual and often deeply wounding relationships with Church authorities."
-- Richard Taylor, author of Love in Action
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is not a who done it, because you know who done it: Father Zach's so-called friend, Bishop Peter transferred a priest with history of pedophilia to a poor parish and let the chips fall where they will. And fall, they did. Why? Because that's the way it's always been done. Protect the institution, and silence the victims. Problem: the offender ended up murdered by Migo, a young man he abused. In Riker's Island, Migo is befriended by Father Zach who is having his own problems as a gay priest ordered to keep quiet about it. But he can't keep quiet about Migo, once he knows that it was Peter who put him in harm's way. So what it Father Zach's choice? Be loyal to the concept of that's the way we always do it, or justice for Migo? It's a tough one! The courtroom drama at the end will keep you on the edge of your seat. Those goshawful New York tabloids go wild! I'm giving this 4 stars because there are a few editing errors. Pesky little things! But this story is especially relevant today with the situation in Washington, which was an arsonist's match. Such a tiny thing. Yet it started a wildfire, 0% controlled.