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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse The Boys of St. Vincent for exposing how the
Catholic church would go to any lengths to hide and denial the truth.

The Boys of St. Vincent

The Boys of St. Vincent (1998) - 178 minutes
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In the 1970's, an ugly scandal was enveloping an orphanage in Canada; priests in charge of the orphanage were sexually and physically abusing their young charges. When several of the boys go to the police, their complaints are buried - as the chief of police, government officials, and senior clergy of the Catholic church quietly conspire to shut down the investigation and transfer the offending priests to other parishes. Unfortunately the pattern begins anew, as the abusive priests re-start their vile acts. Many years later, victims start coming forward as adults, and an inquiry is commissioned into the cover-up of the abuse. One offending ex-priest, Bro. Peter Lavin (Czerny) - now married with 2 young sons - soon finds himself on trial for his crimes of so many years ago...and a major scandal will finally become public knowledge.

Based on a true case that scandalized Canada, this film takes place in two halves. The first, set in the mid-1970s, deals with a Catholic orphanage, run by Brother Lavin (Henry Czerny), who doesn't have the boys' best interest at heart. Rather, he uses them to fuel his own sick sexual desires, becoming a predator in a priest's collar, making an indelible mark on 10-year-old boys. And he's not the only one (just the most vicious). Cut to 1990: One of the now-grown boys comes forward to accuse Lavin and face him in court. But Lavin is now married and the father of two boys--and the church continues to deny that any impropriety occurred. This is strong stuff, with the emotional pain almost harder to take than the shadowy scenes of sexual abuse--but the latter are upsetting as well.

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The Boys of St. Vincent

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse The Boys of St. Vincent for exposing how the
Catholic church would go to any lengths to hide and denial the truth.