In 1742, Charles-Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, wrote, “There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.” Two hundred forty-three years later, in 1985, Dorothy Rabinowitz, a syndicated columnist and television commentator, encountered the case of a New Jersey day care worker named Kelly Michaels, accused of 280 counts of sexually abusing nursery school children — and exposed the first of the prosecutorial abuses described in No Crueler Tyrannies.
No Crueler Tyrannies recalls the hysteria that accompanied the child sex-abuse witch-hunts of the 1980s and 1990s: how a single anonymous phone call could bring to bear an army of recovered-memory therapists, venal and ambitious prosecutors, and hypocritical judges — an army that jailed hundreds of innocent Americans. The overarching story of No Crueler Tyrannies is that of the Amirault family, who ran the Fells Acres day care center in Malden, Massachusetts: Violet Amirault, her daughter Cheryl, and her son Gerald, victims of perhaps the most biased prosecution since the Salem witch trials. Woven into the fabric of the Amirault tragedy — an unfinished story, with Gerald Amirault still incarcerated for crimes that, Rabinowitz persuasively argues, not only did he not commit, but which never happened — are other, equally alarming tales of prosecutorial terrors: the stories of Wenatchee, Washington, where the single-minded efforts of chief sex crimes investigator Robert Perez jailed dozens of his neighbors; Patrick Griffin, a respected physician whose life and reputation were destroyed by a false accusation of sexual molestation; John Carroll, a marina owner from Troy, New York, now serving ten to twenty years largely at the behest of the same expert witness used to wrongly jail Kelly Michaels fifteen years previously; and Grant Snowden, the North Miami policeman sentenced to five consecutive life terms after being prosecuted by then Dade County State Attorney Janet Reno…who spent eleven years killing rats in various Florida prisons before a new trial affirmed his innocence.
No Crueler Tyrannies is at once a truly frightening and at the same time inspiring book, documenting how these citizens, who became targets of the justice system in which they had so much faith, came to comprehend that their lives could be destroyed, that they could be sent to prison for years — even decades. No Crueler Tyrannies shows the complicity of the courts, their hypocrisy and indifference to the claims of justice, but also the courage of those willing to challenge the runaway prosecutors and the strength of those who have endured their depredations.
“Double Standard: Abuse Scandals and the Attack on the Catholic Church is essential reading for anyone who wants to hear the other side of the clergy sexual abuse scandal. The side the media hasn’t told you, and side most of the public doesn’t know … Even for someone who has read about this subject for years, it was eye-opening to me … If someone attacks you or slanders the Church over the sexual abuse scandal, challenge them to read this book and continue saying such things.” – Thomas Peters, American Papist, CatholicVote.org
“This is a riveting analysis of how money, media, and mayhem transformed a tragedy in the Catholic Church into an attack on the Catholic Church.” – Author Charlene Duline
“I highly recommend this book.” – Gus Lloyd, Seize the Day with Gus Lloyd, The Catholic Channel, SiriusXM Radio
Yes, Catholic priests terribly abused minors, and bishops failed to stop the unspeakable harm. That is an undeniable truth. Nothing justifies such an evil. However, major media outlets are unfairly attacking the Catholic Church, and this fast-paced, compelling book has the shocking evidence to prove it.This book addresses numerous topics, including:
… appalling cases of abuse and cover-ups happening today – but they’re not happening in the Catholic Church
… proof that Catholic clergy do not offend more than teachers or those of other religious denominations
… data that shows that the Catholic clergy scandal is not about “pedophilia”
… affirmation that the Catholic Church may be the safest environment for children today
… research that uncovers the shady relationships between SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), lawyers, and the media
… the alarming roots of SNAP’s attacks on the Church
… the surprising truth about “repressed memories”
… unheard, agonized priests who deny the accusations against them
… evidence of how the “documentary” Deliver Us From Evil deceived moviegoers
plus much more.
Double Standard covers topics that the major media won’t. There is no other book about the Catholic Church abuse narrative like this one. Here is your resource to defend the Church against unfair attacks!
“This is an important topic, and not just for priests and bishops! Everyone should be concerned about this. Please check out ‘Catholic Priests Falsely Accused: The Facts, The Fraud, The Stories’.” – REV. JOHN T. ZUHLSDORF (“Fr. Z”), “What Does The Prayer Really Say?”, wdtprs.com
“[T]he chilling tale of how decades-old claims of abuse by Catholic priests become ‘credible’ … David F. Pierre tells the sordid story the mainstream media won’t touch. It rings of both truth and justice. I highly recommend ‘Catholic Priests Falsely Accused: The Facts, The Fraud, The Stories’.” – RYAN A. MACDONALD, Spero News columnist
“David Pierre’s ‘Catholic Priests Falsely Accused’ is an important volume. By carefully documenting the harrowing stories of priests falsely accused, the author shows that legitimate outrage about abuse can at times boil over into wanton hysteria. May this book serve as a clarion call for even-handed and impartial justice for all, so that future tragedies may be avoided.” – REV. THOMAS G. GUARINO, S.T.D., Professor of Systematic Theology, Seton Hall University
“Mr. Pierre’s book is an eye opener! Meticulously researched and clearly written, it is a must-read for anyone with questions about the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church.” – REV. KENNETH GUMBERT, O.P., M.F.A., Providence College
We must continue to demand justice and compassion for victims of Catholic clergy abuse. This is not optional.
However, there is a side of the Catholic Church abuse narrative that is not getting the attention it warrants. Countless priests in the United States have been falsely accused of committing horrendous child abuse.
Topics in this book include:
… how the most recent and reliable figures reveal that one third of accused Catholic priests in a major archdiocese were accused falsely;
… the stunning court declaration with the opinion from a retired FBI investigator that “one half” of all accusations are “entirely false” or “greatly exaggerated”;
… the American cardinal who has been the target of not just one – but two – completely bogus abuse accusations;
… how accusers have retained huge monetary settlements even though their allegations later proved to be false;
… the father of an accuser who appeared at the funeral of an accused priest and apologized for the false allegation that his son leveled;
… proof that the agenda of the advocacy group SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests) has little to do with the protection of children and everything to do with bludgeoning the Catholic Church;
… the Catholic archbishop who tells of being spat upon by a member of SNAP;
… the monsignor who waited five years to be exonerated of abuse charges even though his alleged victims denied having been molested;
plus much more.
This is the side of the Catholic Church abuse narrative that the media has not told you. This book is fast-paced, informative, and impeccably researched. There is no other book like this one.
Hope Springs Eternal in the Priestly Breast: A Research Study on Procedural Justice for Priests—Diocesan and Religious by Father James Valladares, PhD
The clergy abuse scandal has posed the greatest threat to the traditional understanding of the Catholic priesthood since the Protestant Reformation. Now, as then, the deadliest attacks are coming from within the Church. In an attempt to improve a system that allowed a small minority of the clergy to violate children and ameliorate the gross negligence of some bishops who recycled these predators, the American bishops instituted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in 2002. It is, unfortunately, doing the Church more harm than good.
In Hope Springs Eternal in the Priestly Breast, Fr. James Valladares shows how justice and charity have been violated by some bishops in dealing with accused priests. He examines the pertinent canons that guide the Churchs judicial system and finds that these are often ignored or wrongly applied. He provides true cases that highlight the injustice of the process and the agony of priests who have been subjected to the charters draconian mandates.
The Church has incurred tremendous financial losses because of settlements rising from both legitimate and false claims. Her image has been marred by the secular media, which has taken advantage of the crisis. Even so, we often fail to understand how trivial these are in comparison to the damage done to the priesthood by the enactment of the charters policies. This is the most pressing issue that the bishops need to address.
Written by Felix Carroll, Loved, Lost, Found profiles 17 everyday people who discover God’s extraordinary mercy. They include a former abortionist, a blind atheist, an unfaithful husband, a former cult member, a rape victim, a prisoner, and a survivor of the “Miracle on the Hudson” plane crash, among others. This book illustrates how Jesus shows mercy to prodigals.