‘Deliver Us From Evil’ 2006, is an extremely well-put-together documentary on child abuse by an Irish priest Oliver O’Grady who lived and worked in the Roman Catholic Church for many decades in Northern California.

The movie builds slowly, and looks at the situation of church institutional child abuse from all angles, including from the victims, family of victims, legal, police, church’s and perpetrators points of view.

The documentary looks at the systemic issue of child sexual abuse by priests in the American Roman Catholic Church, and in the world-wide Roman Catholic Church.

The movie has informative and interesting interviews with the perpetrator of sexual abuse, father Oliver O’Grady, who probably had hundreds of under-aged victims, aged from babies up.

The documentary mentioned how Father O’Grady spent half his waking hours scheming, planning and grooming children for sexual abuse. This is what I’ve been explaining for years how Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong, and other hardened pedophiles are like. They are essentially pedophiles who use Christian ministry to access children so they can sexually abuse them.

Although Father O”Grady wasn’t attracted to adults, he’d seduce a family, including having sexual relations with a mother, to gain access to sexually abuse her children. This is the pathological sickness of a pedophile.

While the movie isn’t sensational, and it unfolds at an easy pace, the subject matter is confronting, and the hurt and betrayal and emotions of the victims are laid bare.

Deliver Us from Evil (2006 film)

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Deliver Us from Evil
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Promotional poster
Directed by Amy J. Berg
Produced by Amy J. Berg
Matthew Cooke
Frank Donner
Hermass Lassalle
Written by Amy J. Berg
Starring Thomas P. Doyle
Ann Marie Jyono
Mr and Mrs Bob Jyono
Adam and Becky M
Nancy Sloan
Oliver O’Grady
Dr. Mary Gail Frawley-O’Dea
Music by Joseph Arthur
Mick Harvey
Cinematography Jacob Kusk
Jens Schlosser
Edited by Matthew Cooke
Production
company
Disarming Films
Distributed by Lionsgate
Release date
  • October 13, 2006
Running time
101 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $327,205

Deliver Us from Evil is a 2006 American documentary film that explores the life of Irish Catholic priest Oliver O’Grady, who admitted to having molested and raped approximately 25 children in Northern California between the late 1970s and the early 1990s.[1] The film was written and directed by Amy J. Berg, won the Best Documentary Award at the 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, losing to An Inconvenient Truth.[2] The title refers to a line in the Lord’s Prayer.

Synopsis

The film chronicles O’Grady’s years as a priest in Northern California, where he committed his crimes. After being convicted of child molestation and serving seven years in prison, O’Grady was deported to his native Ireland. Berg interviewed him there in 2005 for the film. Additionally, the film presents trial documents, videotaped depositions, and interviews with activists, theologians, psychologists, and lawyers; it suggests that Church officials were aware of O’Grady’s crimes, and they took steps to conceal them to protect him and the church.[3]

Reception

The Irish Independent criticized Berg for having filmed children in Ireland without the knowledge of them or their families.[5]

The film was very well received by critics, earning a 100 percent “Fresh” critics rating from Rotten Tomatoes,[6] achieving the status of the best-reviewed film of 2006.[7]

Aftermath

After the documentary was shown on Dutch national TV in April 2010, members of a parish in Schiedam recognized O’Grady as having been an active volunteer in the parish until January 2010. They had known nothing about his background. He had also been active in the Netherlands as an organizer of children’s parties.[8]

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