Sep 24, 2010

Book Beginnings on Friday- 24 September

Book Beginnings on Friday is a meme hosted by Becky at Page Turners.

Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading. If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.

This week I went non-fiction.  I am reading Geoffrey Robertson's, The Case of the Pope.  It's been released as a penguin special in an all white cover - the first special since 1989.  Here is the opening paragraph of the preface:

I wrote a short comment for the Guardian and The Daily Beast at Easter 2010, when Pope Benedict XVI was expected to (but did not) address the crisis in his church caused by the revelations of worldwide clerical sex abuse.  I pointed out that the rape and molestation of children, committed on a widespread and systematic scale, could amount to a crime against humanity, and that the leader of any organisation that protects its perpetrators from justice might bear command responsibility under international law.
That's essentially the outline of the book, there.  It suggests a heavy topic but also a systematic presentation.  Indeed some 50 pages in and the book is a systematic, but not legalistic treatment and presentation of the facts.  

I would recommend this book to anyone with compassion for children, and a strong belief that natural justice should be done.  I especially recommend this book to catholics - it's a very fair treatment of an abominable situation.


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