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Sex, Lies, and the Priesthood is a documentary biopic exploring the journey of A.W. Richard Sipe — from the priesthood to becoming an outspoken critic of the Catholic Church. Sipe was a former Benedictine monk and Catholic priest, trained as a psychotherapist to deal with the mental health problems of the clergy. Over the years he worked with the records of over six thousand patients and recognized a pattern of behavior within the Church that eventually led him to exit the clergy. Upon leaving, Richard helped lift what he refers to as “the mask,” revealing the truth behind celibacy and its systemic connection to the sexual abuse of minors. In a series of provocative books, including Sex, Priests and Power, he wrote frankly and extensively about sexuality in the priesthood. He also became an expert witness for the prosecution in hundreds of clergy abuse cases.
Richard has appeared in dozens of documentaries about priest sex abuse and celibacy airing on several major networks, and has been widely interviewed by news outlets and the media. He was the person The Boston Globe reporters called on for advice, as dramatized in Spotlight – the 2015 Academy Award Winner for Best Film. This is the first documentary to focus completely on Richard’s own journey. The film is directed by award-winning director Joe Cultrera.
Length: 55 minutes
Copyright date: ©2021
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