O'toole Grew Up With Catholic Church Abuse
PETER O'TOOLE has great sympathy for those abused by Catholic priests as children - because he grew up surrounded by twisted clergy. The movie great admits he was raised as a "holy Roman acolyte" in the 1940s, and though he was never targeted or sexually abused by a priest, he knew a lot of young boys who were. The actor says, "Unfortunately there were some wonky priests who tried to touch you up... It was abominable. I was lucky; I wasn't touched. "The hard kids put a needle in their jeans so that when the priest went to touch them they got a nasty shock."