Abuse of Trust

Abuse of Trust, edited by Alan Hebert, is a compilation of stories collected out of the desire “to bring hope and healing to other victims, these men and women—survivors as well as their community of family and friends—come together to speak out about their abuse and betrayal by Catholic priests and leaders. These are only a few stories—but through these few are related the experiences of many victims. Contrary to conventional wisdom, these men and women are still active, practicing Catholics who love their faith. The abusers may have stolen their innocence, but through God’s grace, they weren’t able to steal their faith.’

Endorsement: Father Gavin Vaverek, Co-Founder and VP of the Maria Goretti Network

“Abuse of Trust offers readers a perspective on the interplay between abuse and Faith along with Hope for the Church doing better in offering meaningful help on the healing journey. As a Catholic priest, who has been very involved in helping victims of abuse and fostering a safe environment, I found the book both positive and helpful. The recognition that individual bishops and priests are not the Church is essential to open the door for Faith as the true path to healing. Abuse of Trust covers a lot of ground and covers it very well. Those sharing the experience of abuse and the not infrequent failure of leaders to respond effectively, provide a moving account of their journey. The sections on trauma and the Theology of the Body are both well done and provide practical insights.”

Endorsement: Christopher Bartlett, Founder and Vice President of Next Level Ministry and Director of Youth Ministry

“Abuse of Trust is not an easy book to read. It shares real stories of clergy abuse with details that can haunt the reader. However, it doesn’t stop there. Abuse of Trust is a call to action, for the abused, the abusers, and the Catholic Church as a whole. This book takes a refreshing approach to this subject and invites all involved to the healing power of Christ. Each survivor that shares, does so from a perspective that the Church is still a place where they can encounter God’s love, hope, and healing. Chapters include various perspectives from survivors of abuse, to siblings and spouses of survivors. The book then shifts to experts sharing about abuse, signs of abuse, and the theology behind the dignity of the human person. Abuse of Trust is not simply a collection of stories or reflections. It is a handbook for faithfully navigating the clergy abuse crisis. A must read for those in church leadership at any level.”

Fr. Andre Metrejean of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
in Erath, Louisiana 

“I thank all the authors who contributed to this book for their courage and faith. As a Catholic Priest and Parish Pastor, it is hard to read these stories. It boggles the mind how these priests could commit such demonic acts, such sacrilege. The darkness of the accounts however, is countered by the faith of these abuse survivors, who still practice and love their Catholic Faith. The reader walks away with hope. It is hard for us who have not experienced abuse to be sensitive to just how deep the wounds caused by clerical sexual abuse go. The personal testimonies in this book are a must read for every seminarian, priest, and parish volunteer.””

The above description and endorsements are excerpts from the website discussing the book further. To obtain a copy, you may go to the website or amazon.

The Healing Voices reviews this book with a TRIGGER WARNING for anyone sensitive to reading details about other persons’ sexual abuse.

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