CLERGY CHILD ABUSE EXPOSED
A compelling expose of the Catholic Churchs schemes to cover up rampant child abuse by its clergy, Amy Bergs documentary, Deliver Us From Evil focuses on the history of Father Oliver OGrady, notorious priest pedophile who raped and sodomized hundreds of boys and girls aged nine months through adolescence, and one adolescent victims mother, during 20 years, while church superiors avoided exposure to scandal by reassigning him from one California parish to another, never punishing him and failing to prevent his ongoing predatory behavior.
OGrady was eventually tried and incarcerated, but after his release from prison, he was deported to Ireland, where he now lives comfortably in retirement, still ordained, enjoying his pension, roaming freely and rooming with a family.
Supervising prelates were told of his pedophilia, but his host family and local police were not.
Berg uses archival footage and new interviews to reveal OGradys flippant attitude. Oozing indifference, hes utterly remorseless about his heinous behavior and the devastation he caused his victims and their families.
In contrast, as they recall OGradys actions, the victims and their families erupt with anguish and anger and enormous frustration that theres been no prosecution of LAs Cardinal Roger Mahony who, according to the film, knew of OGradys crimes but did nothing to stop them. And, good God!, its easy to understand their rage: Mahony still rules the LA Archdiocese.
The film traces the trail of deceit and sham all the way to Pope Benedict XVI, whos been accused of conspiracy to cover up the crimes. The Vatican asked President Bush to grant the Pontiff immunity from prosecution, and got it.
When OGradys victims traveled to Rome to petition for mercy and justice, they were turned away without an audience. The Church also declined to be interviewed for this documentary.
Filmmaker Berg substantiates her public awareness agenda by interviewing theologians, lawyers, psychologists and other experts about clergy child abuse. Especially alarming are their statements that that the Churchs only solution for ending clergy child abuse has been to scapegoat homosexual priests. Further, as victim Leslie Sloan points out, Church superiors considered molestation of boys obscene, while they deemed abuse of girls to be normal curiosity.
Breaking news from Los Angeles regarding the Catholic Churchs impending settlement of 45 child abuse cases for a sum exceeding $60-million makes the documentarys release particularly timely, but the subject warrants long term attention. According to the film, Cardinal Mahony still presides over more then 550 priests whose child abuse has gone unpunished, and therere 100,000 reported cases of clergy child abuse in the U.S. alone.