Hell On The Way To Heaven

Hell On The Way To Heaven

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An Australian mother's love, the power of the Catholic Church and the fight for justice over child sexual abuse.

Chrissie and Anthony Foster were like any other young family, raising their three daughters in suburban Melbourne with what they hoped were the right values. Chrissie could not have known that the stranger-danger she feared actually lurked in the presbytery attached to the girls' Catholic primary school. Father Kevin O'Donnell, a long-term paedophile, lived and worked there. Two of their young daughters became victims of O'Donnell. And once the truth was revealed, the Fosters began a battle to find out how this could have happened. The Church offered silence, lies, denials and threats. Meanwhile, their daughters tried to piece together their fractured lives.

This is the chilling true story that made national and international headlines. Chrissie Foster's heartbreaking account of her family's suffering, and their determination to stand up for themselves against the might of the Catholic Church, is testament to the strength of a mother's love, and the resilience of the human spirit.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 26mm | 284g
  • Bantam
  • North Sydney, Australia
  • English
  • 2nd edition
  • Illustrations, col. ports.
  • 1742753043
  • 9781742753041
  • 89,811

About Chrissie Foster

Chrissie Foster was born in Victoria and grew up in Black Rock, a beachside suburb on Port Phillip Bay. She worked as a public servant for nine years, during which time she travelled extensively around Europe, the US and Mexico. She married in 1980 and by 1985 Anthony and Chrissie had three beautiful daughters, Emma, Katie and Aimee. Paul Kennedy is an ABC television presenter, senior print journalist, and director of an award-winning short film. He is married with two sons and lives in Melbourne.
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I am a bootstrap Catholic. I can only say that Jesus Christ, for me, is bigger than this church I have loved for 70 years, and who has betrayed its people so savagely. Chrissie Foster\'s account of her family\'s tragedy is a MUST read for all those who care about their church and its good priests. The coming Royal Commission can\'t happen fast enough for me and other catholics who want the truth to be outed. My heart goes out to the victims and their families.show more
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