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A Predator Priest (Kindle Single)

3.44  ·  Rating Details  ·  368 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Much has been written about priests and pedophilia, but not about particular priests and their particular victims. This is the story about Father Bernard Bissonnette, a priest from Grosvenordale, Connecticut and the fifty-year path of destruction and heartache he left in his wake. There were dozens of victims, first in his home state and then in New Mexico, where the Catho ...more
Kindle Edition, 59 pages
Published July 20th 2011
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Dec 30, 2011 Eric_W rated it really liked it
This is a Kindle "Single." I guess it's a good idea. Reads like a nice, in-depth New Yorker article (a good thing.) (People unfamiliar with Bissonette's story should stop reading here.) The story follows the tragic career of a very troubled priest, Father Barney Bissonette, who, unconscionably, was moved from one parish to another in order for the Catholic Church to hide Bissonette's proclivity for molesting church acolytes.

One family of thirteen -- despite several very dangerous pregnancies the
I chose not to rate this story because it just doesn't seem to fit. What are you rating? The writing? The plot line?

As a Catholic, it's so hard to see these kinds of stories and so sad to know that this is just one example. Sadly, this man is not the only predator. How he was ever made a priest in the first place is a discussion for another place, but at least he was "defrocked" before he died. One can only hope that was some punishment to him...not enough for his victims, but a start.

A difficu
Michael McAllister
Aug 07, 2014 Michael McAllister rated it liked it
Hauntingly real

Hauntingly real

Growing up in a devout Irish-Catholic family in Connecticut our Parish Priest was a direct link to God himself. Looking back, I consider myself one of the lucky ones. At 15, I made the mistake of confessing an indiscretion with a young lady. who's name I would not divulge to our Priest. He told me he'd beat it out of me,and to his credit he gave it a good ry. My Father,a hard drinking Irish immigrant was not unaccustomed to me having a black eye (or worse) was taken
Patricia Perry
Aug 02, 2011 Patricia Perry rated it it was amazing
About Tommy Deary who sadly could NOT ‘get over it’ and his brothers who would not ‘let it go’ and Bernard Bissonnette [deceased] the priest abuser predator perpetrator and the leaders in the ‘catholic church’ who overlooked and excused the molestation s of boys . . .
Very important book – the best way to deal with abusers is to expose them, shine the light on them and let them know everyone is watching them . . . I read this as a kindle single it did not take long to read it
Mar 23, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Kindle single.

New Yorker type article looking at a pedophile priest. Engrossing.
C.C. Thomas
Oct 28, 2012 C.C. Thomas rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
This selection was a 'single'-- a short read and is an expose of some families whose lives were destroyed by a priest through sexual abuse, rape and sodomy. What is so absolutely shocking about the book isn't the abuse by a priest (anyone who hasn't been living in a box is aware that sexual predators in the clergy are rampant) but that these sexual predators seemed to have flocked to a career in the church. Why? Because they knew they would be hidden.

This book makes it shockingly apparent how co
Michelle R.
Jan 22, 2012 Michelle R. rated it it was ok
Shelves: true-crime
I read this probably back in August or September. I review nearly everything I read, but I just didn't have any enthusiasm for this one, any drive to talk about it. The good news is that it's a cheap read, and so if the topic interests you then you won't be losing much in the gamble. Perhaps it's a matter of this story being all too familiar, and so the stark recitation of facts just doesn't seem like more than you'd get in a newspaper story. At this point, I don't need to be convinced that the ...more
Oct 18, 2011 Tina added it
Shelves: 2011
This story desperately needed to be to told on behalf of all the victimized children that fell into the clutches of this pedophile priest, Barney Bissonnette. All the church leaders involved in this scandal(and for decades covering it up) deserve to rot in prison for the rest of their lives for the irreparable damage done to so many innocent children. Sadly, this will never happen, but perhaps as more victims speak out, the church will lose it's power to destroy lives and perpetuate evil. Here i ...more
Sep 10, 2011 Jacqueline rated it really liked it
Shelves: general, memoir
While visiting my dad one weekend, I had read an article on this book (available only on Kindle at present) and it caught my interest since both the author, and the main family in the story, the Deary's, were reidents of Putnam CT, near my own hometown. Though the issue is all too familiar by now, a pedophile preying on victims in his own church, having the story told by the family of one of the victims of this despicable crime makes it even more disturbing. A true account of how sexual abuse ca ...more
Carol E.
May 15, 2013 Carol E. rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
This is a short book that I read in an afternoon. It is a true story which follows one Catholic priest who molests boys throughout his career as a priest.

One of his early victims, a boy from a large and devout family, is mentally tortured by his experience in his youth, and lives a troubled life. After he commits suicide at age 46, his siblings go on a hunt to find the priest (Bernard Bissonnette) and to confront him.

This story is reported factually, much like an in-depth newspaper article. It i
Sep 01, 2014 Carrie rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating and sad story about a family who lived right down the road from where I now live. Having lived in Putnam my whole life, I knew many of the people and places mentioned in this book. Though it is depressing in terms of its topic, it is a book that I would highly recommend to anyone who knows of the Deary family.
Barbara Justiniano
Sep 13, 2011 Barbara Justiniano rated it really liked it
This story was heartbreaking. I myself know of someone who was molested by a "Brother" when he was a kid in a seminary camp in NY. Ever since finding this out I have read others stories in hope of better understanding what he went through as well. This person i know was very similar to tommy in this story. He has had many problems with drugs and alcohol and women. He also has an anger problem. At times I have worried that he would kill himself as well, but thankfully all these years later, he se ...more
Aug 31, 2011 Dzen rated it really liked it
This was an informative and suprisingly quick and interesting read. It is not fictionalized or sensationalized but rather explores the various failings of the Catholic Church, the Pope and individual priests and bishops involved in the decades long cover up regarding the sexual molestation and abusive activities of a priest that took 42 years (and the persistence of a beloved brother of one of the victims) to finally defrock. The story is unfortunately too familiar. If you are morbidly curious a ...more
Jorge Figueroa
Apr 07, 2012 Jorge Figueroa rated it really liked it
Los kindle single tienen esa peculiaridad, es la extensión natural, a lo mejor muy largo para artículo, muy corto para libro.
En este caso se trata sobre un pedofilo sacerdote católico y como sus crímenes fueron impunes por años a pesar de arruinar tantas vidas.
Este en particular se defendió hasta el cansancio y nunca reconoció haber hecho daño.
No es una novela , por ello no son validas las quejas de que es anti-climatico el encuentro con la familia de una de sus víctimas, que sirven más bien com
Mar 27, 2015 Ellie rated it really liked it
Disturbing. Factual. Sad
Oct 27, 2012 Greg rated it really liked it
Follows the history of pedophile priest that predates what was uncovered in the last 10 years in the Catholic Church. The sad part is that it took so long for this type of activity to come out in the open. The affected victims resulted in depression, confusion with their lives and suicide. A quick read.
Michelle Wegner
Oct 19, 2011 Michelle Wegner rated it really liked it
This is a short, sad story about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, by one priest that took advantage of dozens of young boys. It is so sad to me that he got away with what he did to those boys, leaving them scared for life.

A very interesting and well-researched read.
Simon Sweetman
Aug 14, 2013 Simon Sweetman rated it it was amazing
A really well written piece this. Awful, obviously and wouldn't it be great if such stories were not about to be covered. But this is really well handled (er, pardon the pun). A devastating account of course, but a fine piece of extended journalism.
Aug 19, 2011 SweetPea rated it really liked it
Very powerful and moving story of a predator who happens to be a priest. Much has been written about the extended denial of the issue by the Catholic church but it is still a story that touches and disgusts.
Sep 24, 2011 Corine rated it really liked it
I was very disheartened to know that this was still going on was concealed from the communities. These individuals should have been exposed and convicted for the disgusting pedophiles they are!!
Aug 05, 2011 Mike rated it it was amazing
Read this. It's timely, terrifying, and enraging. If you still put money in the coffers of the Roman Catholic church.... read it twice.
Aug 04, 2011 Sue rated it it was amazing
A great insight of how the Catholic church hid the sins of their priests. What an injustice to the victims and their families.
Jan 04, 2012 Robert rated it liked it
A deeper look at just one figure in the pedophile priest scandals. A disturbing but important story.
Feb 07, 2012 Sue rated it liked it
Very disturbing true story!!! Parents need to be aware of these type of predators out there!
Danielle Fogerty
Jan 14, 2012 Danielle Fogerty rated it really liked it
This will make you angry, amazing how long this crap was allowed to go on.
Apr 02, 2013 Linda added it
Another sad account of a pedophile priest and the lives he ruined.
Jul 03, 2012 Tina rated it it was ok
interesting read if your interested in this sort of thing ...
Matthew Redmond
Aug 15, 2011 Matthew Redmond rated it really liked it
This short book blew me away. I mean, I had no idea. No. Idea.
Sep 20, 2011 Terry rated it liked it
It was a good story, but it wasn't written very well.
Nov 27, 2014 Neri rated it really liked it
Very interesting and tragic. A good, short read.
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