Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church by The Boston GlobeWinner of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service
The story behind this groundbreaking book--one of the most significant works of investigative journalism since Woodward and Bernsteins reporting on Watergate--has been brought brilliantly to life on the screen in the major new movie Spotlight.
Here are the devastating revelations that triggered a crisis within the Catholic Church. Here is the truth about the scores of abusive priests who preyed upon innocent children and the cabal of senior Church officials who covered up their crimes. Here is the trail of hush money that the Catholic Church secretly paid to buy victims silence--deeds that left millions of the faithful in the U.S. and around the world shocked, angry, and confused. Here as well is a vivid account of the ongoing struggle, as Catholics confront their Church and call for sweeping change.
French priest loses bid to block Ozonís child abuse film
The clergy child-abuse scandal roiling the Roman Catholic church hasn't always been front-page news, but, over the years, it's been thoroughly recorded on film. Here's how five acclaimed documentaries or fact-based docudramas have deftly handled the explosive topic since Deliver Us From Evil Amy Berg's "sometimes sickening but vitally relevant" documentary focuses on now-defrocked priest Oliver O'Grady, who admitted to molesting roughly 25 boys and girls in California from the late s to After seven years in jail, he was deported to Ireland in The film's "most disturbing element," says Desson Thompson in The Washington Post , is Berg's interview with O'Grady in Dublin; the "remorseless child molester" is "ambling freely among schoolchildren as he recounts his patterns of abuse with almost cheery glee.
Following the revelations earlier this week that the Church covered up over 1, cases of child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania , and the Pope's visit to Ireland bringing up the subject closer to home, here are six films that explore the topic deftly. While it's not exactly the nicest of topics to focus on, some of these moves, while difficult and harrowing for viewers, are essential viewing about the often dark history of the Catholic Church. Her former students' believed that there was a cover-up by authorities after Cesnik suspected that a priest at the school, Joseph Maskell, was guilty of sexual abuse of students. The seven part series is a difficult and harrowing watch as survivors of abuse speak about their experiences and The Keepers became one of the most talked about documentaries that Netflix ever released. It will haunt you for a very long time. The film, written and directed by Amy J. See more articles by Fiona Kelly.
The acclaimed director Francois Ozon worked for years in secret on "By the Grace of God", which will be premiered Friday at the Berlin film festival. A lay voluntary worker for the Lyon diocese, Regine Maire, has also issued a legal challenge to have her name removed from the film. The movie's premiere comes as Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, the archbishop of Lyon, and five others including Maire await the verdict of a court in the central eastern city on charges of covering up the abuse. Ozon - best known for "Swimming Pool" and "8 femmes" - told AFP he had hoped the tortuous series of cases would have finished by now, but the film should be shown for "the public good". The scandal first broke in when a former scout Francois Devaux went public with allegations that Preynat had abused him as a child 25 years earlier.
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Why did it take a succession of three cardinals and many bishops 34 years to place children out of John J. Psychiatric documents offer added insights into the Rev. John J. Under an extraordinary cloak of secrecy, the Archdiocese of Boston in the last 10 years has quietly settled child molestation claims against at least 70 priests. Catholic priests were committing crimes so unspeakable that the Archdiocese of Boston went to extraordinary - and expensive - lengths to cover up the scandal. Documents show that the three had sex during the late s and early s with a Tucson teenager who was later given a chancery job to ensure his silence.