Actor Gabriel Byrne talks about the sexual abuse he suffered as a child and confesses that he called the priest who attacked him by phone

The Irish producer and screenwriter says that the abuse suffered at the age of 11 during a Catholic seminary made him lose his religious vocation and faith.

This Tuesday went on sale ‘Walking with Ghosts’, the memoir of the renowned Irish actor Gabriel Byrne, where he describes in detail, among other matters, the alleged sexual abuse of which he was a victim as a child and how years later he faced his aggressor .

The also producer and screenwriter assures that he was abused by a priest at the age of 11 while participating in a Catholic seminary in the United Kingdom. That made him give up continuing his religious vocation and renounced his faith, as he confessed in an interview with The New York Times prior to the launch of the work.

In a passage from the book shared this week by the magazine People, Byrne reveals that decades after that unfortunate incident he decided to call the priest willing to provoke a confrontation. “I wanted in those last seconds to call him cab *** and tell him that, although I do not believe in hell, I hope he does, because I want him to be terrified and burn forever,” he said.

However, the actor finally gave up on attacking who was then an older man who did not remember his past. “I didn’t say anything. A part of me I didn’t want to hurt an old man of friendly voice trapped in a retirement home that now does not remind me or anything of what he had done, “he says in his memoirs.

The star of ‘The Usual Suspects’ (‘The usual suspects’, in Latin America, and ‘The usual suspects’, in Spain) blamed himself for a long time for what happened and felt “ashamed” for “having done something wrong”. The priest responsible for the abuse died many years ago and, according to Byrne, has already accepted that things had no other end.

“We love to think that there is a resolution to these things, that this is how you deal with trauma: ‘I dealt with it,’ ‘I dealt with it,’ ‘I moved on.’ But that’s not necessarily true. what there doesn’t have to be a resolution“, confessed the artist in the interview.

On a television show in 2010, Byrne revealed the sexual abuse he had suffered as a child. In a dialogue with the British newspaper The Guardian Last November, the actor touched on the issue of abuses in the Church and criticized the position of Pope Francis: “Has done absolutely nothing to address the real problems of child sexual abuse. “

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