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Unafraid – Novella Four  4. The Judas Tree Novellas

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Thirteen-year-old Simon sits face to face with Father Strathmore, but what has he done wrong... experimented with drugs, kissed a boy, or lied in Confession? The priest has a vested interest in finding out, and it is a deeply personal and troubling one.

Please join in on the Judas Tree discussion forum here: http://www.gayauthors.org/forums/topic/39389-judas-tree-by-ac-benus/

 

And please see Terry's 'shadow' poem in its entirety here: http://www.gayauthors.org/forums/blog/513/entry-14663-terrys-ballade/

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I was going to review it, but I needed to think about it--so many things raging and warring inside: Father Strathmore's hypocrisy and cold-heartedness, Simon's slow withdrawal from his surety in Catholicism--but not yet ready to see the Church for the hollow institution it is, the betrayal of Terry and his self-deception, and his concern for Jodie. I was so sure that Strathmore was going to molest him, and wanted to scream for him.

 

I don't know these things, but is it possible for Simon to refuse Confession and still go to school? And why do we not hear anything of his parents? Can't they see anything going on with him? Are they religiously intolerant also?

 

Okay, got this out somewhat logically.

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On 10/08/2014 07:50 AM, ColumbusGuy said:
I was going to review it, but I needed to think about it--so many things raging and warring inside: Father Strathmore's hypocrisy and cold-heartedness, Simon's slow withdrawal from his surety in Catholicism--but not yet ready to see the Church for the hollow institution it is, the betrayal of Terry and his self-deception, and his concern for Jodie. I was so sure that Strathmore was going to molest him, and wanted to scream for him.

 

I don't know these things, but is it possible for Simon to refuse Confession and still go to school? And why do we not hear anything of his parents? Can't they see anything going on with him? Are they religiously intolerant also?

 

Okay, got this out somewhat logically.

Simon's parents are religiously passive, and when Simon tells Father Strathmore that he doesn't have feelings for boys anymore, he is deciding to never again play into that man's power trip.

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