Vows of Silence is a new documentary by journalist Jason Berry, that explores Fr. Marciel Maciel Degollado, and the Catholic group, Legionaries of Christ.
The Vatican eventually found Maciel Degollado guilty of multiple acts of sexual abuse spanning decades. His punishment? His public ministry was restricted.
The documentary also examines the role of the last two Popes in covering up allegations of sexual abuse against Maciel Degollado and the extent to which the Vatican went to protect a serial predator.
You can read more stories about Maciel Degollado here.
The Catholic Church has been dealing with an epidemic of sexual abuse claims that have come to light over the past decade in the United states and here in Canada.
I have posted about research which suggests one reason why the Catholic Church has had such difficulty coming to terms with the reality of sexual abuse by it’s priests: Do Myths About Child Abuse Explain The Church Sex Abuse Scandals?
Some pople have even suggested that the institutional structure of the Catholic Church may play a role in creating sexual abusers: Does the Catholic Church attract sexual abusers…or create them?
What do you think?
I have represented hundreds of victims of childhood sexual abuse in claims for compensation. As a public service I have prepared a resource guide for survivors of sexual abuse in Atlantic Canada. You can receive a free copy of this report by contacting me through this blog, or my website at www.apmlawyers.com or by calling toll free in Atlantic Canada 1-866-974-8281.