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Documentary on child abuse and justice in Catholic church to be shown at Vanderbilt University; Director Jason Berry to speak at March 12 screening

Feb. 29, 2008, 9:13 AM

A documentary about the justice system of the Vatican in a case of child abuse will be screened at Vanderbilt University, followed by a discussion with the director.

Vows of Silence will be presented at 4:10 p.m. in Room 101 of Buttrick Hall on the Vanderbilt campus on Wednesday, March 12. Director Jason Berry will attend and lead a discussion after the film.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by Vanderbilt’s Center for the Study of Religion and Culture, and the Vanderbilt Center for Community Studies.

The film tracks the case of Father Marcial Maciel, a church official and founder of the Legionaries of Christ congregation, which has centers in 20 countries. Maciel retired in 2006 after being accused of sexual abuses. It follows a book on the case of the same title by Berry and Gerald Renner.

Media Contact: Jim Patterson, (615) 322-NEWS