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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Daniel McLaughlin
... Annie McLaughlin
Niall O'Brien ... John McLaughlin
Catherine Cusack ... Mary McLaughlin
Elaine Symons ... Marie McLaughlin
Tommy Carey ... Sean McLaughlin
Paudge Behan ... Niall McLaughlin
... David Foley
Olivia Caffrey ... Liz Foley
Anna Rose Fullen ... Martha Foley
... Father Dowling
... Father Francis
... Bishop Quinn
... Rector Cathal
... Father Doherty


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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Release Date:

20 January 2006 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Conspiration Du Silence  »


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$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,598, 5 December 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,598, 5 December 2004
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church cover-ups
9 December 2013 | by 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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