WHAT THEY DID TO THE KID:
Confessions of an Altar Boy
by
JACK FRITSCHER

The really dangerous life of altar boys closeted...The Catholic Church recruited 200,000 boys into seminaries in the 1950's. Only 20,000 were ordained. What happened to the missing 180,000 boys? All those boys and their families will want to read this expose.

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4-Star Comedy. 1950's ultimate boys' school story told as never before. Boys go to seminary. Boys meet priests. Boys must decide identity. A self-help novel of esteem for "Anyone Who Has Ever Had to Make a Choice." You needn't be Catholic to enjoy this coming-of-age Fictional Memoir.
In this new, authentic, period-novel of a boy's life at Misericordia Seminary. Ryan O'Hara, age 14 to 24, narrates his own lively story of imperial Rector Karg, disciplinarian Father Gunn, tart Father Polistina, and rebel-priest Father Chris Dryden "who knows Fellini and JFK." Strong characters and snappy dialog propel plot conflict forward keeping boys-school location fresh. Storytelling author gives each ensemble character, hero or villain, student or priest, man or woman, a rich back story. (Black civil rights of the 60's as well as three interesting women characters open this story out of the seminary and onto the hot streets of Chicago.)
"I was, for 6 years, a schoolmate of Bernard Cardinal Law of Boston. While this novel is fiction, it addresses the cover-ups seminary culture institutionalized internally as a way to prevent publicity and scandal."
--Jack Fritscher
FICTION
ISBN 1-890834-33-5
Hardcover with 4-color jacket cover
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
375 pages, $24.95
Cover photograph of William Holman Hunt's "May Morning at Magdalen Tower," 1890, Copyright Board of Trustees of the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, (Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight), Liverpool, United Kingdom. Printed with permission.

Jack Fritscher, recruited at age 14, attended The Pontifical College Josephinum from September 4, 1953 to December 15, 1963. Jack Fritscher exited the Josephinum , age 24, after nearly 11 years. He was salutatorian of his college class, 1961; assistant editor and writer for the Josephinum Review; and received the four minor orders of Lector, Porter, Exorcist, and Acolyte. His new comic novel--a fictional memoir--about true-life in the Golden Age of Catholic Seminaries in the 1950s is published by Palm Drive Publishing.
Copyright 2007 by Jack Fritscher, Ph.D. & Mark Hemry - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED