Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church

  • by The Investigative Staff of the Boston Globe
  • Narrated by Paul Boehmer
  • 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service
The story behind this groundbreaking audiobook - one of the most significant works of investigative journalism since Woodward and Bernstein's reporting on Watergate - has been brought brilliantly to life on the screen in the major new movie Spotlight.
Here are the devastating revelations that triggered a crisis within the Catholic Church. Here is the truth about the scores of abusive priests who preyed upon innocent children and the cabal of senior church officials who covered up their crimes. Here is the trail of "hush money" that the Catholic Church secretly paid to buy victims' silence - deeds that left millions of the faithful in the US and around the world shocked, angry, and confused. Here as well is a vivid account of the ongoing struggle as Catholics confront their church and call for sweeping change.

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Devastating Portrayal of Catholic Negligence

Would you consider the audio edition of Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church to be better than the print version?

As I have never read the print version, I am unable to sufficiently answer.


What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

It was pure reportage. Though a mixture of reporting on the subject and a background on the process behind the reporting, a la All The President's Men, may have offered a different perspective on the story, the fundamental documentation of the sins of the Catholic Church regarding sexual abuse by priests, specifically Cardinal Law of Boston, was jaw dropping and disheartening.


Any additional comments?

This was a real page turner but, without introducing the reporters into the story as many journalistic tomes do, the narrative was too provincial. This happened nationwide, for that matter, throughout most of the Cold War era termed "First World," but it only briefly touched on stories outside the archdiocese of Boston.

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- cwortolani "cwortolani"

Important story, excessively detailed

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Make it briefer. A plethora of abuse examples is sufficient. Authors describe many more examples than that. Accordingly, story is tedious. As a reference this book is excellent. As an efficient description of the extent and bogus rationale and denial of abuse it is overkill.


What did you like best about this story?

The convincing and alarming exposure of abuse by holier-than-thou clerics. My parents attempted to raise me Catholic, but I at an early age recognized the church's hypocrisy and in humane practices. I still visit the church , pray, and light candles, but am likely to discount self-serving catholic rules, which are often counterproductive.


Have you listened to any of Paul Boehmer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Not sure. He is a bit monotone but has clear enunciation. I would not select him as a preferred narrator and would only listen to another of his books if the subject matter was very important and the reading which. Difficult to attend to his unvaried speech patterns.


If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I did see it. Brilliant. Spotlight is title.


Any additional comments?

Overall, a worthwhile listen but could have with tighter editing and more interesting have been much better.

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- William R. Toddmancillas

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-27-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio