BROKEN COVENANT

Author: Sennott (Charles M.)
Year: 1992
Publisher: Simon & Schuster.
Edition Details: 1st US edn.
Book Condition: F/NrF
ISBN: 9780671767150
Price: 7.00
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Hardback, 1st US edition. The story of Father Bruce Ritter's fall from grace - how power, politics, and sex rocked the foundation of the sprawling Covenant House Charity. In 1968, an idealistic young Franciscan priest, burning with desire to make a difference, began a simple street ministry in New York City aimed at helping troubled youth. Through years of struggle, Father Bruce Ritter fought to save young lives from the mean streets. By 1989 he had built a charitable empire - Covenant House - with a committed staff that believed in his mission and a loyal following of hundreds of thousands who funded a network of shelters in the USA, Canada and Latin America. Father Ritter was regarded as a living saint, America's answer to Mother Teresa. But towards the end of 1989, a young journalist began investigating a much darker side of the priest's life. A former male prostitute had come forward with a disturbing allegation that Father Ritter had lured him into a sexual relationship in exchange for money, a private apartment, and a college scholarship. A criminal investigation of Ritter was launched and the story exploded on the front page of the 'New York Post'. Now the prize-winning journalist who first broke the story tells the never-before-revealed details of Father Ritter's fall from grace. Through scores of exclusive interviews with the young street kids Father Ritter is accused of seducing the disillusioned followers of his mission, and even his own fellow friars. The author provides a fascinating multi-layered portrait of a complicated man of mixed motives and hidden desires. The book is also a searing portrait of power at work in Reagan/Bush-era America, in the Catholic Church, and in the sophisticated, ruthless world of big-time philanthropy. It rips away the veil of sanctity shrouding this religious charity to reveal an unholy truth of excess, corruption, and cover-up. Illus., Source Notes and Index. 373pp. lge. 8vo. h/back. F. in Nr. F. dw. A fairly heavy book which may require additional postage if shipped overseas.

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