By: Andrew Lee SullivanThis is the true story of the bizarre, historic case of Andrew Lee Sullivan. He exposes the hidden and outrageous world of a budding Catholic institute. A discarded insider and captive in an apartment near Rome, the once broken priest with suicidal tendencies survives. He shares his ordeal and bares his soul with raw sincerity.
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Book DescriptionThis is the true story of the bizarre, historic case of Andrew Lee Sullivan.
He exposes the hidden and outrageous world of a budding Catholic institute. A discarded insider and captive in an apartment near Rome, the once broken priest with suicidal tendencies survives. He shares his ordeal and bares his soul with raw sincerity.
In 1979, an idealistic and naïve Sullivan leaves California and joins a wannabe religious order named Miles Jesu. Two tragic but unclear realities threaten his future. The young man has a condition that retards the proper development of his emotional life. The eighteen year old unwittingly joins a cult. These two menaces trigger gradual human destruction. Life deteriorates into a victim's futile attempts to endure a virtual sociopath.
Then a miracle of overwhelming love bursts in the soul of Father Sullivan. Secrets of the power of love, Jesus' love transform him. All hell breaks loose. Breakneck emotional development surges. His only path to human salvation is to escape into the Vatican and face his worst fears. He must risk his future and unmask the cult to seize his freedom. Sullivan must face the consequences of feeling divine and human love for the first time.
Vatican Intervention advances fresh outlooks on universal themes: love, prayer, risk taking. This incredible love story of Church tragedy and hope underlines the existential nature of receiving love. It reveals the surprising impact therapeutic meditation can have on human emotions and their growth.
Superbly written, the story reflects Capote's feel of real and Grisham's page-turning narrative. While documenting a true testimony, it reads like compelling fiction.
This testimony is an ideal follow up story to Spotlight: the Boston Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Yet, Vatican Intervention shows blinding light at the end of the tunnel.
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