Crimes of the Father by Thomas Keneally

Crimes of the Father by Thomas Keneally – Sensitive writing

This book illustrates how a difficult subject can be examined in a fictional setting. With with sensitivity and insight. The storyline captivates and holds you.

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The Catholic church failed in its attempts to minimise or hide the damage caused by abusive priests. Looking at the wide scope of priestly behaviour one comes, perhaps top an understanding of the challenges they face. and many do face these with humility and courage. But the complex workings of the human mind, educated in a religion which puts emphasis on wrongdoing as well as a possible salvation, makes a fascinating study of the resilience of the human mind.

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The book is set in the later years of the 20th century. At this time serious questions were being asked – not only of the Church and its members but also in the wider view of mankind. The idea that the Church can help to heal the deep scars left by abuse is put forward in a masterly way.

The writing is fluid, the plot moves on the pages turn. If you have an interest in the Catholic church or in child abuse then this book will not only answer some questions but also pose more – a book to make you think!

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