Deliver Us From Evil
This film explores the life of Irish Catholic priest Oliver O’Grady, who admitted to having molested and raped approximately 25 children in Northern California from the late 1970s through the early 1990s. The film chronicles O’Grady’s years as a priest in Northern California, where he committed his crimes. After being convicted of child molestation in 1993 and serving seven years in prison, he was deported to his native Ireland, where filmmaker Amy Berg interviewed him in 2005. The film presents trial documents, videotaped depositions with O’Grady and other members of the Los Angeles religious authorities, alongside interviews with survivors of O’Grady’s abuse, activists, theologians, psychologists, and lawyers. Taken together, the material suggests that Church officials were aware of O’Grady’s crimes many years before his conviction, but took steps to conceal them to protect him and the Church.