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'By the Grace of God' explores the church's unimaginable betrayal of child victims of sexual abuse / Minneapolis Star Tribune

For a member of the clergy to sexually violate a child is one of the most stark and cruel betrayals imaginable. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

For a member of the clergy to sexually violate a child is one of the most stark and cruel betrayals imaginable. That an institution would prevaricate and dissemble about these betrayals rather than take immediate, decisive action to pursue justice and provide restitution creates a greater betrayal. After years of such actions, betrayal reaches a near-unimaginable level.

“And yet, we don’t have to imagine. In the Roman Catholic Church, these violations have been rife, and the stories behind them are appalling.

“In ‘By the Grace of God,’ François Ozon, one of France’s most brazen and talented directors, tells a story of a group of men in Lyon, all childhood victims of a pedophile priest. These adults find each other and form an organization to bring that priest and the church’s higher-ups who covered for him to account for their actions.”

By Glenn Kenney, The New York Times, in Minneapolis Star Tribune — Read more …