Read a sample translation of A Letter to the Pope
About the book
After suffering years of sexual abuse at the hands of his ‘Uncle Bishop’, Mark Vangheluwe decided to take a stand and break the silence. In 2010 he exposed one of the largest scandals within the Roman Catholic Church to date, unleashing a media storm that grabbed headlines around the world.
In the meantime he and his family lead a quiet life in a remote corner of Flanders, though shame and fear continue to torment him. Until the moment he comes to the realization that he can determine the course of his life and finds the words and form to do so: a letter to the Pope.
‘He had me in a lethal stranglehold, to the point that I nearly suffocated. He took possession of my body and spirit. I could not breathe, slowly but surely I suffocated under his stinking, hairy, greasy body. I simply endured it, and shut myself off from the outside world.’