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Conspiracy of Silence (2003)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 20 January 2006 (Mexico)
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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Daniel McLaughlin
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Annie McLaughlin
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John McLaughlin
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Mary McLaughlin
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Marie McLaughlin
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Sean McLaughlin
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Niall McLaughlin
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David Foley
Olivia Caffrey ...
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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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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$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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Daniel McLaughlin: Ya, I was celibate... from the moment I joined the seminary... until last night.
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Almost Made You Smile
Written by Colin Devlin
By kind permission of Sony/ATV Music Publishing ©
Performed by Bellefire
Licensed courtesy of Tone Deaf Management Ltd.
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church cover-ups
9 December 2013 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

In the last decade or two a lot of news has come out about the Catholic Church's cover-up of pedophilia. John Deery's "Conspiracy of Silence" isn't about that but about something similar: the church's policy of celibacy. In this case, the suicide of a gay priest living with HIV and the expulsion of some students suspected of a same-sex relationship prompt an article questioning the rightness of the church's celibacy policy.

It seems very likely that forcing priests to be celibate increases the risk of the priests' molesting children. Relationships are natural among all species, and not letting people be in relationships can only damage them. This is not to be confused with pedophilia, which is a disease. But either way, the Catholic Church has had a history of suppressing all news of the molestations, as well as a history of homophobia.

"Conspiracy of Silence" isn't a great movie but does a good job looking at these different topics. It's all the more impressive considering that the director was a first timer. I recommend it.


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