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Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite
A priest’s body found hanging in a church belfry appears to be an apparent suicide but evolves into an investigation of suicide, accident, or possibly murder. Father John Paziek, a battle-hardened World War II former chaplain, is the assistant pastor at Saint Francis Church and he becomes deeply involved with the police in trying to solve the mystery. Several unlikely sources join Father John in solving the puzzle, and his success leads to solicitation by the Detroit Archdiocesan Bishop to seek out other priestly problems in the Church, but the Bishop's purposes are not what they seem. Set in the middle of the twentieth century, Massacre of the Innocents is a story of a disease that reaches plague proportions into the twenty-first century but ends with a ray of hope.
Thomas Stacey's Massacre of the Innocents is a story that ultimately strikes a positive chord in the centuries-old problem within the Catholic Church, a disease among the priesthood that has led to the destruction of hundreds of thousands of innocent lives. In a well-told and entertaining story, Stacey turns a white-hot light on the mental and emotional sickness that pervades the Church. Thomas Stacey's story reveals a comprehensive understanding of the inner world of the Church. From Church dogma to ritual to the rot that lurks beneath the golden facade—he puts it all out there. Massacre of the Innocents is a page turner that not only reveals the worst of the Church, it also shows and concludes with the best—thousands of adherents to the Catholic Church who are dedicated to diagnosing and curing, with chemo therapy-like methods, the disease that, if ignored, will ultimately destroy the Church.