Holy Secrets, Holy Lies: The Shocking Story of Sexual Corruption and Abuse of Power Inside the Catholic Church

by Christine Amoia MS RT



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/1/2004

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 200
ISBN : 9781418400460
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 200
ISBN : 9781418400453
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : E-Book
Page Count : 200
ISBN : 9781418400477

About the Book

They couldn’t see him coming! This statement best describes how a psychopath successfully targeted, tested, disarmed, groomed and isolated his victims for years without being exposed. Father Flynn was outwardly known by most in his diocese, as a modern- day saint but inwardly, he was really a wolf in shepherd’s clothing! He told his followers that he was a psychiatrist, medical doctor and chiropractor; all the essentials for gaining the trust of people who respected and revered him. He was sought out by thousands and especially by those who attended his weekly bible study classes. The consensus was that Father Flynn could do no wrong...or could he??? What his victims sadly came to discover was that this “saint” was hiding in plain sight! His conservative cassock, attitudes and mannerisms conveyed the idea of holiness to all. But then a disclosure that took place in 1999, revealed the news to his shocked parish: He used his 30 year ruse to get at what he really desired: sex, power and control over others. The one thing that this predator didn’t count on was the force for good that resided in one of his victims: Pamela Luchese. After 13 years of being oppressed, abused and isolated, she discovered the horrible truth about her best friend and spiritual director. Read her story and learn how she finally stands up and screams, “Enough!” to him, to the Catholic Church and to the hierarchy that hid his shocking secrets and enabled his deviant lifestyle for decades. This book is a must read for those who want to understand the disturbing issue of cleric abuse from the inside-out.

About the Author

Christine Amoia, the author of Holy Secrets Holy Lies; The Shocking Story of Sexual Corruption and Abuse of Power inside the Catholic Church, is currently employed as an Associate Professor of Health Sciences at a community college. She teaches courses that deal with human sexuality, deviants in society, victimization, self-help areas and victims' rights. Her book is an attempt to reach a society that exists outside her classroom walls.