Crime Film Documentaries

Instructor: James R. Elkins

"Deliver Us From Evil" (2006)

[1 hr. 43 mins.] [film by Amy Berg]


"Documentary about Father Oliver O'Grady, a Catholic priest who was relocated to various parishes around the United States during the 1970s in an attempt by the Catholic Church to cover up his rape of dozens of children." ~Internet Movie Database

Film website



Resources for Film Discussion

The Film

New York Times Review

The Filmmaker: Amy Berg

Meet the Filmmaker

Amy Berg Postings on Huffington Post

Thomas P. Doyle—Catholic priest|doctorate in canon law|appears in
"Deliver Us From Evil"

An Interview with Thomas Doyle
[video; 47:47 mins.] [discussion of Catholic priest abuse]

Priests, Abuse and Vatican Conspiracy with Fr. Thomas Doyle and Abuse Survivor Helen McGonigle
[video; 1:04:08 mins.]

Thomas P. Doyle Memorandum on Dallas, Texas Litigation
May 16, 1996

Thomas P. Doyle & Stephen C. Rubino, Catholic Clergy Sexual Abuse Meets the Civil Law, 31 Fordham Urban L. Rev. 549 (2003)

Cardinal Roger Mahony

How L.A. Archdiocese Mishandled A Pedophile Priest
[audio; 9:24 mins.] NPR, April 23, 2010; commentary on Cardinal Mahony and the Catholic priest,
Michael Stephen Baker

Catholic Church Mishandled Reports Of Sex Abuse
[audio; 30:18 mins.] NPR, April 29, 2010; NPR religion correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty investigated one case from
the Los Angeles Archdiocese where the Catholic church mishandled reports of abuse. Discussion
involves lawyer, John Manly, and audio from a Manly disposition.

Emails Purportedly From Mahony and His Inner Circle; emails dated March 13, 2002-April 3, 2002


Timothy D. Lytton, Holding Bishops Accountable: How Lawsuites Helped the Catholic Church Confront Clergy Sexual Abuse (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2008) [book review]

______________, Clergy Sexual Abuse Litigation: The Policymaking Role of Tort Law, 39 Conn. L. Rev. 809 (2007) [on-line text]

______________, Framing Clergy Sexual Abuse as an Institutional Failure: How Tort Litigation Influences Media Coverage, 36 William Mitchell L. Rev. 169 (2009) [on-line text]

Michael D'Antonio, Mortal Sins: Sex, Crime, and The Era of Catholic Scandal (New York: St. Martin's/Dunne), 2013)

[Mark Silk, editor of Religion in the News and author of Spiritual Politics, describes Mortal Sins as "Skillfully weaving together the stories of the lawyers, journalists, clergy, and laity who worked to expose abusive priests and the superiors who covered up their crimes," a book in which, Michael D'Antonio creates "a vivid and compelling narrative of the greatest crisis in the Catholic Church since the Protestant Reformation.]

Marci A. Hamilton, The Waterloo for the So-Called Church Autonomy Theory: Widespread Clergy Abuse and institutional Cover-Up, 29 Cardozo L. Rev. 225 (2007) [on-line text]

John J. Coughlin, Canon Law and the Clergy Sex Abuse Crisis [on-line text] [Notre Dame Legal Studies Paper]

Psychologist in "Deliver Us From Evil: Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea

The John Jay Study
Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea, July 19, 2011

The Experience of the Victim of Sexual Abuse: A Reflection
Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea, Address to the American Hierarchy in Dallas, Texas, June 14, 2002

Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea, Perversion of Power: Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church (Nashville, Tennessee: Vanderbilt University Press (2007)

Grand Jury Investigative Reports

Report of the Grand Jury
September, 2008 report of a Philadelphia grand jury detailing the history
of sexual abuse by priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, abuse that
was, according to the grand jury report, "known, tolerated, and hidden by
high church officials, up to and including the Cardinal himself."

Grand Jury Reports of Clergy Sexual Abuse

Attorney Generals Reports

Sexual Abuse of Children in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston

On the Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Children by Priests and Other Clergy
Members Associated with the Roman Catholic Church in Maine (2004)

United Nations

The UN denounces the Vatican over sex abuse in the Catholic Church
[4:21 mins.]

International Court

Clergy Sex Abuse Victims File International Court Case Against Pope
[video; 2:27 mins.]

Boston Globe: Investigative Reporting on Catholic Church Sex Scandal

Boston Globe Website Focusing on the Newspapers Investigation
Investigative reporting by the Boston Globe playing a major role in bringing
the sexual abuse by Catholic priests to public attention.

Father Nicolas Aguilar Rivera Case

Background on the Rivera Case

Cardinal Mahony Deposition :: Pt2 :: Pt3

Father Kevin McDonough (Twin Cities Catholic Archdiocese): Deposition by Jeff Anderson

Fr. Kevin McDonough Deposition 4-16-2014
[6:31:07 mins.]

Fr. McDonough on Jeff Anderson
[2:22 mins.]

Kevin McDonough on Regrets
[1:29 mins.]

Archbishop Nienstedt (Twin Cities Catholic Archdiocese): Deposition by Jeff Anderson

Nienstedt Deposition April 2nd, 2014
[3:59:35 mins.]

Archbishop Neinstedt on failing to report to law enforcement
[2:22 mins.]

Press Conference -- Jeff Anderdson -- Releasing Deposition of Archbishop Neinstedt
[25:22 mins.]

Father Jerome Kern, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis: Jeff Anderson Atty for Plaintiff

Background: Catholic Sex Abuse Cases

Catholic Sex Abuse Cases

Cardinal Roger Mahoney

Roman Catholic sex abuse cases by country

"Catholic Priest Sex Abuse": Phil Donahue Show, 1993
[video; 19:17 mins.]

The Future of Sexual Abuse Litigation
Patrick J. Schiltz, America Magazine; Schiltz is a professor of law at the University of St. Thomas
School of Law, Minneapolis, Minnesota and between 1987 and 1995 represented Catholic dioceses
and other denominations in over 500 clergy sex abuse cases.

Bishop Accountability; from the organization's website: "[The organization] aims to facilitate the accountability of the U.S. bishops under civil, criminal, and canon law. We document the debates about root causes and remedies, because important information has surfaced during those debates. We take no position on the root causes, and we do not advocate particular remedies." [the website has a substantial archive of documents, legal and otherwise]

Attorneys Who Specialize in Sexual Abuse Cases That Appear in the Documentary

Jeff Anderson
from the firm website: "Jeff Anderson & Associates pioneered the use of civil litigation to seek justice for survivors
of childhood sex abuse and is recognized as the nation's premier law firm to represent victims of clergy
sex abuse." Jeff Anderson & Associates
Lawyer states case for clergy sex abuse victions

Videos: Jeff Anderson & Associations [8:46 mins.] Press Conference: St. Paul Settlement [24:32 mins.] [Indian priest denies Minnesota abuse claims] Press Conference: Unprecedented Ruling Requires Vatican to answer for clergy abuse cover-up [17:22 mins.] Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis Bankruptcy Press Conference [20:27 mins.] [Archbishop John Nienstedt Press Conference on the Bankruptcy Reorganization] [18:38 mins.]

Thomas Adamson Case: Archbishop Carlson Full Deposition 5/23/14 [3:32:25 mins.] [Thomas Adamson, former priest of the Diocese of Winona and Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis] Press Conference Adamson cover-up and Supreme Court ruling [46:38 mins.]

Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer Case: Victims' attorney Jeff Anderson sues the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis [9:02 mins.] [County Attorney announces no more chages in Wehmeyer case :: 7:56 mins.] [Jennifer Haselberger on the Wehmeyer case :: 1:29 mins.] [Jennifer Haselberger on her resignation :: 0:44 mins.] [Jeff Anderson deposition of Archbishop Neinstedt on Fr. Curtis Wehmeyer :: 0:54 mins.]

The St. Paul Clergy Sex Abuse Investigation: St. Paul Police Chief on the investigation of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis [5:30mins.]

Fr. Jerome Kern: Press Conference: Doe 26 vs. Father Jerome Kern, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis [13:25 mins.] Video Deposition of Father Jerome Kern [2:36:14 mins.] [Fr. Kern case timeline] McDonough Defends Kern, Roach Insinuates Victim is Lying [2:53 mins.]

John C. Manly
Irvine, California

John C. Manly: Catholic Sex Abuse Cases
[video; 28:06 mins.] "Insider Exclusive"; Manly and his partners talk about their law practice

Attorneys Who Specialize in Sexual Abuse Cases

California Clergy Abuse Lawyers

Mitchell Garabedian

Parker | Waichman LLP

Zalkin Law Firm
The firm's website features, "Open Secret," a documentary focusing on clergy abuse.

Alonso Krangle LLP

Kelly Clark

Joseph H. Saunders

Nix, Patterson & Roach
Texas law firm

Herman Law
Boca Raton, Florida

McLaughlin & Lauricella, P.C.
Pennsylvania & New Jersey

Schroeter Goldmark & Bender
Seattle, Washington

Timothy J. Conlon
Providence, Rhode Island

Patrick J. Wall
[video; 16:09 mins.]

Documentary Films

"Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God" (2012)

Commentary on "Mea Maxima Culpa": Jeff Anderson

"The Shame of the Catholic Church" (BBC)
[58:49 mins.]

Frontline "Hand of God"
[9:56 mins.] Pt2 [10:02 mins.] Pt3 [7:05 mins.] Pt4 [9:34 mins.] Pt5 Pt6 [7:14 mins.] Pt7 [7:26 mins.] Pt8 [6:48 mins.] Pt9 [ 9:05 mins.] Pt10 :: "Hand of God" website

"Sins of Father Marcial Maciel"
[25:55 mins.]

"Sins of Our Fathers": BBC Scotland
[59:20 mins.]

"The Silence": Frontline
[14:20 mins.] [Alaska children abused by priests] Pt2 [14:02 mins.]

"Unholy Silence": Four Corners, ABC, Australia
[44:18 mins.]

"Twist of Faith" (2004)

"Sex Crimes and the Vatican" (2006)