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Holy Hell - Patricia Feenan


Published: 1st December 2012
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When Senior NSW Police Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox told the ABC’s Lateline programme on November 8, 2012, that the Catholic Church had covered up crimes by paedophile priests, silenced investigations and destroyed crucial evidence to avoid prosecution, the public outrage that ensued triggered a Royal Commission, possibly the biggest ever held in Australian history, into institutional child abuse.

One of the cases of Church interference Fox outlined was that of Patricia Feenan’s son, Daniel who was a young altar boy when he was first raped by a priest in the Newcastle-Maitland diocese. For several years Daniel endured horrific abuse by the priest, who was later found guilty of nine charges of sexual abuse of a minor in a public criminal trial in 2004.

One of the many shocking aspects of the case was how the priest, a close family friend, set about secretly grooming his altar boy victim. Patricia writes with raw honesty of her and her son’s terrible ordeal. Of the scars that linger and of the callous, often cruel ostracism and denial they encountered from the Catholic community for seeking to bring a paedophile priest to justice.

About the Author

Patricia Feenan and her family were devout Catholics. They had complete trust in the godliness and integrity of the church and its leaders, until a black-hearted priest by the name of James Patrick Fletcher took away their son’s innocence forever.


No i wouldnt bother reading it again


Slow and boring Informative subject though


Anyone with an interest in child abuse


Disturbing account from the mother of a vicitm of clerical abuse.

Gwelup Western Australia


Courageously written book-


Compelling reading, everyone should read this very sad true story exposing the horror of child sex abuse

Newcastle, NSW Australia


I just couldn't put it down


A must read for anyone with children, grand children or friends with children. Patricia Feenan is an exemplarary woman, taking us into her family life and to a very dark and forbidding place. It is unimaginable what would have happened to Patricia's family without her love, strength of character and commitment. Patricia was further assisted by the committed support she received from Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox, who, for his efforts, has endured a smear campaign from within his own police force. I couldn't put this book down until completed. The Royal Commission which was announced after Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox was forced to whistleblow on what was happening within the Catholic community, will hopefully go some way to helping victims of this heinous crime and for religious orders everywhere to be accounable for their actions, or more importantly, inaction!

NSW Central Coast



4.0 4


ISBN: 9780987356543
ISBN-10: 0987356542
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st December 2012
Publisher: Fontaine Press
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.0  x 1.14
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 2