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Our Fathers (2005)

R | | Drama | TV Movie 21 May 2005
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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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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. Another 6 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
... Mitchell Garabedian
... Cardinal Bernard Law
... Father Dominic Spagnolia
... Angelo DeFranco
... Mary Ryan
... Bishop Murphy
... Wilson Rogers Jr.
... Father Doyle
... Daniel Kibbe
... Patrick McSorley (as James Oliver)
... Pope John Paul
... John J. Geoghan
Damien Atkins ... Young Geoghan
... Tom Blanchette
... Bernie McDaid


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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, including some graphic depictions of sexual abuse | See all certifications »


Official Sites:

Showtime [United States]



Release Date:

21 May 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Escândalo Oculto  »

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Box Office


CAD 14,340,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Near the end of the film Cardinal Bernard Law ( Christopher Plummer ) watches the movie Becket (1964) starring Richard Burton. Plummer had starred in the original stage production of Becket alongside Burton. See more »


Cardinal Bernard Law: [To Olan] The church didn't fail you. I failed you.
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Outstanding achievement

If only I could write a spoiler. That would imply that the final outcome of this the greatest of all scandals to rock the Catholic Church was known. But it is not, and the filmmakers do not pretend they know. They simply present in an honest, unflinching manner, the struggles of one group of victims in one city as they emerge from their own dark closets to seek justice for the pedophilia inflicted upon them by the men they most deeply trusted, their priests. This was a venture that took great courage. These were blue collar workers who had to first buck the macho culture in which they lived to do what they believed was the right thing to do. That was not easy. They received more mockery than plaudits as they sought understanding and healing. Cardinal Bernard Law is presented in a more compassionate light than I thought he deserved. He after all could have ended it all many years ago had he acted decisively in ferreting out and removing evil men like Geoghan and Shanley. Instead, he moved them around from parish to parish, enabling them to continue their perversions on new and unsuspecting victims. The Cardinal and his lawyers were so powerful in their hierarchical world and held the media so completely under their spell, that initially a disbelieving Boston Globe reporter suggests a spin that the bishop could use to modulate his responsibility into a more acceptable justification. She was anxious to set aside honest reporting for the more important act of helping the Cardinal. I saw superb acting, brilliant direction and hard hitting dialogue, but no vengeful lashing out. This was a fair and balanced presentation, with the viewer left to ponder and decide. The film ripped a hole through the surface of this horror exposing the incredible cover-up for all to see, but still maintained its balance. It is left to others to more fully plumb the depths of this scandal. This is a must see film for all, Catholics and non-Catholics alike, as pedophilia is not the exclusive domain of the Catholic Church.

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