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Wow. What a great horror film. Oh wait. It’s the Catholic Church not dealing with the sexual abuse from Priests. Ignore, deny, refuse, move the perp to another town so they don’t have to deal with the problem. It is very upsetting to watch the cold, dark heart of the Bishops and Cardinals. The first diagnosis that comes to mind for me is Psychopath::which manifests as amoral and antisocial behavior, lackof ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity, failure tolearn from experience, etc.
Powerful and unnerving. Scary and infuriating. It won the Best Documentary Award at the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
In this scathing documentary Amy Berg gathers a host of articulate voices from experts on Church history and canonical law to psychologists, lawyers, and a few brave families willing to recount what happened to them over thirty years ago. The result in a damning critique on a Catholic hierarchy more concerned with saving face and money than protecting children from predatory priests. So murky was the official response to the allegations against O’Grady—indeed to all cries of molestation everywhere—that one lawmaker likened the Church to the Italian Mafia in its evasiveness and penchant to hide behind lawyers while making underhanded deals with the perpetrators. In one instance evidence suggests that former bishop Roger Mahoney, O’Grady’s immediate superior, took part in a massive cover-up in order to protect his own ecclesiastical aspirations; a shameful move which paid off when he was promoted to cardinal. Taped depositions of church officials trying to squirm their way out of probing questions are infuriating enough until Berg interviews O’Grady himself and a deep chill sets in for it quickly becomes evident that behind the grandfatherly chuckles he is a sexual sociopath incapable of appreciating the emotional devastation he left in his wake. With a trail of culpability leading all the way to Vatican City Berg’s exposé is a study in rage and frustration, but when she turns her camera on a guilt-ridden father and his struggling adult daughter it’s enough to rip your heart out. In a postscript Berg mentions that to date the Roman Catholic church has paid out one billion dollars in settlements and legal fees to victims of abuse, and one gets the sinking feeling that that is a mere drop in the bucket. Essential viewing.
Saw this mentioned in the globe and decided to check it out. Builds slowly to the obvious shattering truths but what makes this documentary unique is the full cooperation of the perpetrator. At times fascinating but ultimately disturbing. See if you can count how many times the pedo-priest smiles.
its more about religion than a movie not that interesting at all! its a waist of time to watch
This documentary made my skin crawl, but it's important viewing for anyone who has children attending religious schools or activity groups.
shows what evil exists in a priest,his victims have live with sexual abuse,while he enjoys a nice pension in Ireland paid by the Church.On top of that he wants to see how they are doing.
Excellent work of investigative journalism. A must-see for everyone, regardless of their religious or political affiliation.
One of the most Disappointing -Unwatchable films I’ve ever seen this year. Really a dumb movie. "I fast forwarded all the way."
Fascinating & very disturbing documentary that reveals both the abused & abuser's viewpoints. The primary focus is given to the offender (O'Grady) as he waxes on about his "affection" for his various victims (hence, the disturbing aspect), entirely convinced he hasn't done anything wrong. Be prepared to weep as the families reveal their stories.
If you have the courage to sit through this excellent expose, you have my admiration.
I dare Catholics to watch it all.