Deliver Us From Evil is a documentary film released in 2006 which gives a frightening insight into the depth of child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. It tells the true story of Oliver O’Grady, a Catholic Priest who molested and raped countless numbers of children in California in a period spanning the last 3 decades before the new millennium. But perhaps the most disgusting evidence illustrated is not what O’Grady did, but how the Catholic Church systematically covered up his crimes and allowed them to continue.
The documentary features open and honest interviews with O’Grady himself, many of his victims, the victim’s parents, and other people dragged into the mess he created. It also includes archived footage of the actual trials, with both O’Grady and other powerful Catholic leaders being grilled by the prosecution over their involvement in the continuation of abuse.
Deliver Us From Evil won multiple industry awards, and was narrowly pipped for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. It is brilliantly presented, and the interviews with the children and parents abused by Oliver O’Grady are extraordinarily emotional at times, showing the true impact that the rape and molestation can have on people throughout their whole lives.
When parents found out what Oliver O’Grady had done to their children and complained to the church hierarchy, they were convinced not to press charges and would just shift O’Grady to another location so he could attack another child. This happened over and over again, and when the police did get involved, the Catholic Church would step in and manipulate and influence the outcome of the proceedings through blatant corruption and bribery.
The sheer scale of O’Grady’s child abuse meant that he eventually served 7 years jail and was deported to Ireland, but the Catholic Church soon got him back in the action and just a few years later held a position in the Netherlands and was the organiser of children’s parties. Even after being exposed there, he is back again in Ireland and roaming free, with the Catholic Church and authorities leaving children there vulnerable to this disgrace of a human being.
This documentary film shows countless examples of the Catholic Churches knowledge and complicit involvement in the rape and sexual abuse of children, and this even includes the persecution of their own priests and clergy who have tried to stop the abuse happening and speak the truth on the matter.
While on the other hand, those who helped, supported, and covered-up the abuse have been raised to prominent positions, such as Roger Mahony, the eventual Cardinal of Los Angeles. Roger Mahony covered-up and encouraged the abuse of children in his diocese, which included Oliver O’Grady and at least another 556 Priests under his command.
But the guilt of the Catholic Church in these matters isn’t limited to a few bad eggs, and the chain of involvement goes right to the top. Pope Benedict XVI was accused of conspiracy to cover up sexual abuse in the United States. That was until the Vatican struck a secret deal with President George Bush to grant him immunity from prosecution.
The heartache and pain that we see in the victims and their families in Deliver Us From Evil just scratches the surface of the magnitude of the Catholic Church child abuse epidemic. In just the last 50 years, over 100,000 victims of Catholic Priest child abuse have come forward in the United States, with settlements and legal costs already totalling over 1 billion dollars.
This is just a fraction of the estimated cases, with experts saying over 80% of victims are either too scared, embarrassed, or intimidated to come forward. Legal complaints are now being launched against the Catholic Church from practically every single country across the globe, with more and more victims stepping forward each day.
The Catholic Church has for too long been a protected haven for paedophiles, rapists, child molesters, and homosexuals, and we hope that when the public learns of the massive scale of their activities through documentaries such as these, that it leads them either being shut down, or undergoing a massive overhaul that cleans out all of the perpetrators of these crimes.