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Nice review. I'll definitely have to watch it when it comes to my local "indie" theater. I am reminded of Doubt, and the feelings that movie dredged up inside of me. Good, painful stuff.



Not to mention the whole masochistic denial of human instinct and sex drive, which can't lead to anything good. You believe you were created by a god, who gave you a penis and a sex drive, yet you denounce these and torture yourself by depriving your body and soul something it was designed for? Sounds like a recipe for trouble to me.


(I haven't read the previous comments, so I apologize if this has already been mentioned.)

As excellent and insightful as Berg's film is, there's a book on this subject that is at least as significant. The title is "Sex, priests, and secret codes: The Catholic Church's 2,000-year paper trail of sexual abuse," and it's co-authored in part by Thomas Doyle, the canon lawyer featured in 'Deliver us from evil.' This book goes over the history of sex in the church, examines issues relevant to canon, civil, and criminal law, and explores the roots of the current ongoing sex scandal. Very informative, and highly recommended, with the caveat that if you don't already loathe the church, you will after reading this.


You should also add in that it is currently available for instant streaming for Netflix members :)


I was at the festival all day, but was in the small theater during this movie. I just finished watching it on Netflix. To say it distressed me would be an understatement.

I also got the impression that O'Grady is mentally ill. It's reprehensible that the bishops kept moving him to new areas that would give him access to even more children. The fingerpointing at homosexuality is just ridiculous and infuriating - the church is acting as an enabler, and is not only unwilling to take steps to protect its parishioners from further abuse, but apparently willing to tar innocent people in order to cover up its crimes.

The comparisons to behavior commonly seen in corporate environments seems pretty apt. The officials involved are concerned with their own career advancement, and the underlings are conditioned to be deferential. I've seen people who are normally independent and outspoken suddenly take on an air of submission around executives, I can imagine that that effect would be even more pronounced if they were convinced that the executives had control over their afterlives.

I would recommend it as well, but am kind of glad I didn't watch this on Sunday, I don't know if I could sit still in a theater for another movie after watching this.


Thanks for the tip. I've put it on reserve at my local library. Now if only I could get my catholic friends to watch it so they would stop giving money to that evil organization.


I hope the argument was better put in the film because all you have there are a bunch of assertions masquerading as an argument.

If the situation had been exactly the same, but instead of circling the wagons the people at the top chose to immediately hand everyone over and institute an open policy condemning the behaviour from pulpits or whatever that this would have happened? Or are you asserting that would never have happened therefore you don't need to consider it?

J. J. Ramsey

"I hope the argument was better put in the film because all you have there are a bunch of assertions masquerading as an argument."

I saw the film just today on Netflix, and I don't think it was even trying to make the argument that Greta Christina is making. It tells the story of the abuse and how the Catholic Church kept covering it up, but it isn't about promoting atheism. On the one hand, at the end of the film, one of the fathers of the abuse victims says "There is no God." On the other hand, one of the advocates on behalf of the abuse victims, Father Tom Doyle, is as far as I can tell, still Catholic. There is even a subtle shot of one of the abuse victims making the sign of the cross within a church in the Vatican.

The practice of clerical celibacy is criticized, and by Tom Doyle himself, who points out that the popes had originally been married men and argues that the celibacy thing was so that the property of dead clergy went to the Church instead of the clergy's children. Doyle also takes issue with the idea that a good Catholic is a docile one, saying that the only time Jesus got angry was when he was in a church.

One can see this film as showing the inevitable outcome of a large institution with screwed up ideas about sexuality, or as showing an outcome that could have been avoided by the Church if it had acted according to its ideals and inspiration instead of acting like a typical corporate institution.

If you can get this movie, go see it. It's painful, but worthwhile.

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