Rocco and Angelo are brothers – always together, caring for each other in a dangerous and evil world. What happens in the “home” will have dire consequences for Rocco and Angelo. Evil takes an unsuspected form from which there is no escape, causing Angelo’s death. Without Angelo to protect him, Rocco’s world is brutal and dangerous – can he survive and save the others? “I remember the pillow coming closer and closer and pushing into my face. She must have thought I was dead so she took the pillow off -- but I remember moving a little and made noise, trying to breathe. So she started again, pushing the pillow into my face harder. There was darkness and the pillow pressing and pressing on my nose and mouth and I couldn’t breathe, the pain got worse and worse – and then I drifted to nothingness.” At three years old my life was forever changed. A failed attempt at murder by a nun with a pillow put me in a coma that left me permanently brain damaged. My brother, like me, endured rape and abuse at the hands of those entrusted to care for us. He couldn’t live with it and killed himself at the age of 6. I told this true story to my wife and she wrote it for me. “Smothered” is more than just my story – it is the story of millions of children who were and still are being abused by the catholic church. The stories of clergy abuse that you now see in all the major newspapers in the U.S. and around the world just scratch the surface. To start to fix the problem we need to understand how and why such crimes against children became entrenched and tolerated in our society. The book is also a well-documented, comprehensive treatise on the whole story – the burden on society, the organizations that are fighting these heinous crimes and the people who are advocates: lawyers, journalists, doctors and abuse survivors. Can any major organization in the world get away with murder and rape of children, enabling dictators, money laundering, lack of financial transparency, disappearance of money, denials of blame, bank collapse, avoidance of taxes, and in return get donations, tax breaks, and legal immunity? Yes, if they hide behind God and deceive the people who believe in them. The children will not be safe until everyone who doesn’t know the church’s true history and agenda hears my story.