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Our Fathers (2005)

TV Movie  |  R  |   |  Drama  |  21 May 2005 (USA)
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A dramatized account of the hidden sexual abuse and scandal that shook the foundation of the Catholic Church, and the characters, events, and policies that brought the abuse and scandal into existence.

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Mitchell Garabedian
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Cardinal Bernard Law
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Angelo DeFranco
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Bishop Murphy
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Wilson Rogers Jr.
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Father Doyle
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Daniel Kibbe
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Patrick McSorley
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John J. Geoghan
Damien Atkins ...
Young Geoghan
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Tom Blanchette
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Bernie McDaid
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In the 1970s and 1980s a scandal was brewing in the Boston diocese of the Roman Catholic Church. Pedophile priests, especially Father John Geoghan, were sexually molesting young boys. Although the Cardinal at the time, Bernard Law, was made aware of the evil acts committed by Geoghan & other priests, he sided with the priests and quietly moved them from one church to the next, and kept the matter a secret from the authorities. Years later, the victims start to come forward, and a lawyer sues Cardinal Law & the diocese for hiding the crimes from the authorities. Cardinal Law arrogantly defends his behavior, and refuses to resign. Meanwhile, Father Geoghan is found guilty and sentenced to 10 years behind bars. Will the Cardinal resign now...or continue to try to hold onto his position? Written by medic249a2

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The catholic church in an age of scandal.

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Rated R for language, including some graphic depictions of sexual abuse | See all certifications »
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21 May 2005 (USA)  »

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CAD 14,340,000 (estimated)
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Cardinal Bernard Law: [To Olan] The church didn't fail you. I failed you.
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An Outstanding Effort on Such A Controversial Film!!
22 May 2005 | by (California) – See all my reviews

My congratulations to Ted Danson, Christopher Plummer, Brian Dennehy, David France and Thomas Michael Donnelly and Dan Curtis for their brave efforts in tackling such a controversial subject. Ten years ago, this film would have never been released.

It was so disturbing to watch that I was up all night thinking how excruciatingly painful it was for the parents and the victims.

It took many brave souls to take on the Catholic Church on such a horrifying subject as the pedophilia that occurred by the very same Priests to which we entrusted our children. Not to mention the years of cover-up by the Boston diocese!

And yet, this cast and crew somehow managed to have this unspeakable subject matter come across so compellingly and tastefully that they deserve a 10 for their efforts. This is truly an award-winning effort. I can almost guarantee that this will be a critically acclaimed film.


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