A repulsive scandal, coming to light over the last two years, has rocked the Catholic Church, making every priest suspect. This was something horrific because it involved clergy at all levels of ecclesiastical hierarchy. Not one echelon, save that of the Pope, was untouched. The church was shaken to its very foundation.
people know that there are good individuals in every profession – not
perfect, but good. The Reverend Father Michael Hennessey was such
a man. His sin came not in the form of pedophilia or molestation;
rather, his developed from the unforeseen phenomenon of falling in
love with a married woman in his congregation. The problem was compounded
by the fact that as a celibate priest, could the confession of an
illicit love affair remove guilt and restore sanctity? Or, would he
be destined for punishment, leading him to the brink of self-destruction,
as ordained by a demanding, righteous, and jealous God?
Theresa Primavera had
been the recipient of years of physical and emotional abuse from an
older, uncompromising husband. On more than one occasion, Anthony
had been arrested by acts of violence on other people and had run
across Father Hennessey, not in the church his wife attended, but
in the priest’s role as a chaplain for the Boston Police Department.
Suspecting a liaison between his wife and the priest, he stalked her
and later confronted her with his evidence. As a result, he would
guarantee that the priest would not continue to be a part of her life.
The Chaplain is
the true story of one’s man struggle with God.