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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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »

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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.
Wayne Best ...
Father Doyle
Colin Fox ...
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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Escândalo Oculto  »

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CAD 14,340,000 (estimated)
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Powerful, but....
31 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes its powerful, primarily because the acting is powerful and effective. Anyone in the cast would deserve an acting award.

There are script problems. Too many characters and too many individual stories crammed into 2 hours. Some characters have little or no character development. Big mistake to concentrate on media-circus. The media is notoriously shallow and insincere, and it contrasts sharply with the otherwise deep tone of this film. Perp walks and media rabble on the sidewalks will work fine in the Martha Stewart trial movie, but it is way overemphasized here where it seems silly and unnecessary. Probably the writers were trying to show the "American-ness" of the situation but if so they weren't very successful.

Danson is great at conveying the essence of the legal aspect. So good that we are reminded that the essence is all we need. Legal detail is great in a Courtroom Drama but that is not what we expect here. Also, you feel like some of the characters are Courtroom Drama-style "witnesses" rather than human beings. A movie with such spiritual aspects should show each character as a human being.

Gentle and dignified portrayal of the late Pope. Seems the rest of the Catholic world could not comprehend the depravity and the generally different nature of American society and of this particular monstrous problem.


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