But the Church doesn't care.Somewhat puzzling. Mr. Butterworth claims to be Catholic but then he writes this. One wonders if he will end up taking the path of Rod Dreher.
The movie doesn't understand that the Church has been doing this for nearly two thousand years. It has an agenda that does not reckon the value of it members, only the importance of its clergy and the perseverance of the institution.
And that works. The laity remains passive and cowardly while continuously offering up themselves and their children for sacrifice as if before Moloch rather than Christ. The Church set up an annuity for O'Grady so that he wouldn't testify to Mahoney's culpability.
The Vatican even asked President Bush for immunity from prosecution (and got it) for Pope Benedict since he was responsible for the clergy prior to his election and could be held to account by a US court for his inaction in the face of so much abuse that was never attended to.
The Church's attitude about the abuse is quite simple and logical -- we may be responsible but it's your job to find the spiritual good that can come of such suffering rather than seek justice or revenge against us. Why persecutest thou me, is the Church's belief. After all, the Church is spotless and holy. Not to blame.
This is a sad and disturbing movie, but in the end it makes not one whit of difference. The Church, the hierarchy, doesn't care and has never cared and will never care. It only cares about itself. Not even about Jesus. It has no shame or accountability in this world.
Apple trailer for Deliver Us from Evil