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Alex Gibney explores the charged issue of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, following a trail from the first known protest against clerical sexual abuse in the United States and all the way to the Vatican.

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Himself - St. John's School for the Deaf, 1960-1969
Gary Smith ...
Himself - St. John's School for the Deaf, 1954-1970
Pat Kuehn ...
Himself - St. John's School for the Deaf, 1969-1973
Arthur Budzinski ...
Himself - St. John's School for the Deaf, 1953-1964
Lawrence Murphy ...
Himself - priest, St. John's School for the Deaf, 1950-1974 (archive footage)
Richard Sipe ...
Himself - Former Benedictine Monk / Mental Health Counselor
Scott Kuehn ...
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Angela Kuehn ...
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Patrick Wall ...
Himself - Former Benedictine Monk (as Patrick J. Wall)
Bob Bolger ...
Himself - St. John's School for the Deaf (archive footage)
John Conway ...
Himself - Counselor for the Deaf
Jim Heydendahl ...
Himself - Senior Boys' Dorm Supervisor, 1972-1974
Geoffrey Robertson ...
Himself - Human Rights Lawyer (as Geoffrey Robertson QC)
Jeff Anderson ...
Himself - Attorney for Gary Smith & Terry Kohut
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Alex Gibney explores the charged issue of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, following a trail from the first known protest against clerical sexual abuse in the United States and all the way to the Vatican.

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Sexual abuse of power
4 July 2013 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

Alex Gibney's movie is an extremely well researched documentary about pedophilia in the Catholic Church. Sexual abuse by priests went on for a long time. But, nobody had the courage to speak openly about it. The power of the Church in Catholic countries was too overwhelming. If you criticized the clergy, you could lose your job. Alex Gibney's movie illustrates the silence on and of the Church with the unacceptable behavior of a priest in a School for the Deaf in Wisconsin, a formidable sexual abuse of power. For a long time, all complaints were swept off the table. But, when the facts were openly exposed in the media, a flood of new abuse cases followed, which would cost the Catholic Church billions of dollars. Alex Gibney's movie is an indictment of even the top of the Catholic Church. All complaints about pedophilia in the Church went to the desk of the former pope Benedict XVI, when he was dean of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. He did nearly nothing with them. This scandal shocked the whole Catholic Church. It lost the trust of its parishioners, leaving its churches nearly empty. Moreover, the number of vocations fell dramatically. In one word, the Catholic Church is dying. Alex Gibney's dramatic movie is a terrible document about one of the greatest religious scandals ever, which put even the pope, the representative of God on earth, in a very bad light. A must see.


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