Deliver Us from Evil
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Oh, and he was a priest. A Catholic priest.
Oh, yeah, and his diocese was fully aware of his pedophilia, may have been aware of it prior to his donning the robes, and shuffled him around from parish to parish, in one instance even promising the police that in his next position he would not have contact with children. On that last one, they lied. His "next position" placed him in full charge of nearly half a county of Catholics.
What was most surprising to me while watching this documentary, presented evenly and without prejudice by Amy Berg (and nominated for an Oscar for Best documentary), was that I was only mildly surprised by most of the information presented. At the end of the film we are told that a bishop who held several positions of office in the diocese during O'Grady's "tenure", Bishop Mahoney, now presides over a diocese where there are more than five hundred and fifty (yes - 550) pending charges against priests for pedophilia. And O'Grady's annuity is likely a payoff for his silence. Were he to testify to what HE knows regarding what the DIOCESE knew (they claim to know little), we assume that the diocese, Bishop Mahoney, and countless other heads would roll. How comforting to know that an organization beset with pedophiles can still buy itself a bit of peace and quiet.Read more ›
I won't pick apart his "facts" one by one. Director Amy Berg has already done so, numerous times in the press.
The only one I'll highlight is a statement which best serves as an example of how far some will go to disparage the film and director:
Mr. Tamberg claims above that Amy Berg used "special effects... placing O'Grady at a playground full of children". Why or how he came to that conclusion is pure fantasy. O'Grady was really there. In Ireland. Free. And able to roam near children, un-supervised. Amy Berg chose to document this on camera because the story needs to be brought to public attention. The shot causes outrage because the situation is outrageous. And the only special effect at play is the illusion Mr. Tamberg wishes to cast forth -- that this film is "entertainment" and that the long-standing horrific problem of pedophile priests in the Catholic church is a "conspiracy theory".
Amy and the producers of this documentary, including one who is a practicing Catholic, were adamant about keeping the story fair, factual and accurate.
For those who see the film, you will be inspired by the incredible words, wisdom and leadership of Catholic Priest Thomas Doyle. He is our hero and in my personal opinion, a better spokesperson.
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Deliver Us From Evil
The one criticism of the film I had is the psychological speculation on why priests abuse. This is just theorizing by the psychological community and detracts from the rest of the film. Instead it comes off as an agenda for priests to marry. The film would be better served by sticking to the story: priest abuse and enabling by the Catholic Church.
I find it odd that Tom Tamberg claims that the Church is also a victim of O'Grady. Such a statement might be believeable if the O'Grady case was an isolated incident, but the pattern of abuse and denial by the Church over a wide variety of pedophile cases makes any claim completely incredible. Instead Tamberg's arguments belong in the pile with the rest of the refusals to take responsibility, which is why this endemic pedolphilia problem arose in the first place.
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As a recovering Catholic I found this movie agonizing to watch. Sexual abuse is thankfully something I did not endure growing up. Read morePublished 18 hours ago by Brian Nallick
If you are into "knowing THE TRUTH", into documentaries, then this is a VERY DISTURBING, but "most needed" movie to have in your collection. Read morePublished 21 days ago by ROBERT CORUM
I have never seen a documentary where they interview an actual pederast/pedophile that willingly admits to his crimes.Published 29 days ago by Isabel Betancourt
Searing and heartbreaking, particularly when survivors' and their families tell their stories. Film's showing of taped depositions of Church officials as they evaded, prevaricated... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ellen B. Clarke
Arrived early! This movie was heartbreaking but I applaud the honesty of the film making in general.Published 4 months ago by Danielle Russell
Very informative. As a former Catholic, I was shocked yet not surprised by the actions disclosed by this movie.Published 4 months ago by Bryce A. Crosby