Netflix streaming is a pretty good deal. $7.99 a month and you could theoretically watch fifty or sixty movies if you wanted to. Assuming you could find fifty or sixty movies that you wanted to see.

Since it costs that much to see one movie in the theater (plus popcorn and drink), $7.99 is quite a bargain.

Instantwatcher is a pretty good site for finding flicks. It also tells when they will expire. It was recommended that I watch this documentary. Every now and then I like to see something educational, and I guess this sort of qualifies.

This unsettling Oscar-nominated documentary from filmmaker Amy Berg investigates the life of 30-year pedophile Father Oliver O’Grady and exposes the corruption inside the Catholic Church that allowed him to abuse countless children.

Victims’ stories and a disturbing interview with O’Grady offer a view into the troubled mind of the spiritual leader who moved from parish to parish gaining trust … all the while betraying so many.

This movie is pretty disturbing. To think that this is going on on such a grand scale is really frightening. I am not Catholic, but I have had two Catholic husbands. I had heard of whippings and other corporal abuse, but never that any of their priests were pedofiles

Evidently this is a very widespread problem and mostly the bishops and the other church leaders cover up and deny that there is really any problem.

It seems that the idea of celibacy and priests not marrying has no basis in the gospels. All of Jesus’ deciples were married except John.

Until the fourth century priests could marry. At the time it was customary for a priest who died to leave his holdings to his eldest son. If he weren’t married he would leave his land and possessions to the Church.

So the heads of the Church decreed that priests could not marry, and Voila!.

This documentary is pretty heavy. What is amazing are the interviews with Father O’Grady, who doesn’t seem to be all that remorseful, although he does write apologies to his dozens of victims. These ‘children’ are now adults. What happened to them at his hands has affected their entire lives.

The parents of many of the children considered the priest to be a close family friend and thought nothing of having him spend the night in their homes or take their little girls on ‘picnics’. Their guilt is overwhelming for them to bear.

Since priests were like God to these people, nobody could fathom that such a thing could occur.

His ‘victims’ were mostly children, some as young as five. The Church didn’t take a very serious look at charges that were brought by little girls. That wasn’t considered all that bad. And most of the children were told that they just imagined that something happened.

Inappropriate behavior with boys was considered to be homosexual and this was another problem indeed.

This is quite a long documentary and while I’m not sorry I watched it, it is pretty grim stuff. I wonder if this widespread ‘problem’ will somehow force the Catholic church to rethink their doctrine on celibacy. I rather doubt it.

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