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Sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic clergy is not a new phenomenon. The young brothers and sisters of the Albert family of Wichita Kansas lived through this unholy nightmare in the 1950s a time when the Church and its anointed were nto to be questioned or challenges. Placed by the Wichita municipal government and hte local Catholic diocese in the St. Joseph Home in El Dorado Kansas the seven Albert children were taken away from their parents and a dirt-poor existence. But there was no refuge in the orphanage where the nuns beat belittled and bullied them. Some of the nuns had other kinds of lessons for the boys after school . . . and the priests had appetites that could not even be whispered about in the confessional. Ray Don Gene Dean Roy Norma Jean and Darlene grew to adulthood each repressing memories and keeping shameful secrets about tier time at St. Joseph's. Not until decades later with the discovery of Darlene's secret photo album did a torrent of memories flood back. years of mental and physical pain and suffering could be traced back tot he days - and nights - at St. Joseph's where those who talked to them about heaven had led them into private hells that lasted a lifetime. In UNTO US A CHILD author Donald T. Phillips has taken the facts courageously revealed by the Albert family and skillfully recreated their chilling story. Along the way he documents: how the government of Ireland in partnership with the Irish Catholic church dealt with the issue of abortion; how the pregnant unwed girls were forced into specialized homes (more commonly called Laundries); how their babies were sold for profit and shipped tot he four corners of the earth; and how homeless indigent children were placed in institutional orphanages where rampant abuse was common. Phillips also demonstrates how with a massive influx of Irish Catholic priests America's CAtholic church was heavily infludnced by the practices and culture of Ireland's Catholics. UNTO US A CHILD further relates the psychological impact and long-term effects of physical and sexual abuse especially those of pedophilia.

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