Altar Boy: A Story of Life After Abuse

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Penguin Ireland, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 212 pages
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"Becoming an altar boy was Andrew Madden's first step towards realizing his dream of becoming a priest. It was brilliant - getting to go behind the scenes in a busy parish church, helping on the altar in front of everyone - and he couldn't wait to be grown up and saying Mass himself. But the day Andrew was molested by his favourite priest, Father Ivan Payne, his love of the Catholic Church was poisoned. Father Payne's abuse lasted for three years, until Andrew was fifteen. But its impact went on and on. Andrew lost direction. He lost self-belief. He lost the capacity to have loving sex. And he lost himself in drink." "In the early nineties Andrew reached a financial settlement with Father Payne. He would go on to become the first Irish victim of sexual abuse by a priest to go public. Altar Boy is the full account of that story."--BOOK JACKET.

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How people survive things in their childhood to become fully functioning adults amazes me Andrew was abused by a priest and abused by the arms of the catholic church he interacted with his innocence ... Read full review


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