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A can of worms is opened within the Irish Catholic Church following two controversial incidents, the suicide of Frank Sweeney, a parish priest and the expulsion of Daniel McLaughlin, a ... See full summary »

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Jonathan Forbes ...
Daniel McLaughlin
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Annie McLaughlin
Niall O'Brien ...
John McLaughlin
Catherine Cusack ...
Mary McLaughlin
Elaine Symons ...
Marie McLaughlin
Tommy Carey ...
Sean McLaughlin
Paudge Behan ...
Niall McLaughlin
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David Foley
Olivia Caffrey ...
Liz Foley
Anna Rose Fullen ...
Martha Foley
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Father Dowling
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Father Francis
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Bishop Quinn
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Rector Cathal
Harry Towb ...
Father Doherty
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A can of worms is opened within the Irish Catholic Church following two controversial incidents, the suicide of Frank Sweeney, a parish priest and the expulsion of Daniel McLaughlin, a young trainee priest from a nearby seminary, on the grounds that he was open to the sexual advances of a male colleague. A local journalist, David Foley, is convinced that Sweeney's death and Daniel's expulsion are linked. Desperate to clear his good name and be re-instated, Daniel agrees to talk to Foley. As the story gathers momentum, the Church closes ranks. Written by http://www.beyond.com.au/film/catalogue/film_catalogue/5.html#conspiracy_of_silence

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Sex. Lies. Murder. All In The Name Of God. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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20 January 2006 (Mexico)  »

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,598 (USA) (3 December 2004)

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$2,598 (USA) (3 December 2004)
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First feature film role for Chris O'Dowd (as Christopher O'Dowd), who portrays James. See more »

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Father Sweeney: The church has AIDS!
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True Love Fades
Written by Stephen W. Parsons
© 2002 Not Quite Music Limited
Performed by Perfect Strangers
Licensed by courtesy of Bubblehead Records Ltd
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Very good for a Debut
6 September 2003 | by (Harrisonburg, VA) – See all my reviews

I saw this film on holiday in Galway. It was a headliner at the Galway Film Fleadh. The experience was rather surreal because most of the starring cast were present for the premiere.

John Deery examines the question of celibacy in the Catholic church with pride and skepticism. The viewer doesn't quite know which side he stands on, but he is clearly a devout Catholic as well as a fighter for a more just way of treating priests. Although a much less controversial treatment, this film is in the same vein as 1994's Priest. This film may be a little more universal and pleasing to one's own beliefs, though.

Actors Jonathan Forbes and Brenda Fricker have many pointed moments together on screen, but frankly that should come as no surprise. After all, what has Brenda Fricker ever been in that has been bad? All of the other actors do a fine job, as well.

I recommend that if you come across a screening of this film, to see it...especially if you are Catholic. If not, rent it.


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