8:30pm – Sunday, May 6 on ABC2
Deliver Us From Evil is the story of Father Oliver O’Grady, the most notorious paedophile in the history of the modern Catholic Church. A remorseless, and compulsive, sexual predator, O’Grady used his charm and authority as a religious leader to exploit Catholic families and rape dozens of children across Northern California – both physically and spiritually – over the course of twenty years.
Despite early warning signs and complaints from several parishes, the Church, in an elaborate shell game designed to avoid liability and deflect criticism, lied to parishioners and local law enforcement while continuing to move O’Grady from parish to parish. Yet internal Church documents prove that since 1973, O’Grady continued the abuse with the full knowledge of his Catholic superiors.
Following O’Grady’s incarceration and deportation, Deliver Us From Evil filmmaker Amy Berg contacted him and, remarkably, persuaded him to participate in the making of her film. Using his chilling testimony as a launching point, Berg exposes the high-level corruption within the Church while she tries to understand why child abuse within this institution, which still occurs today on a global scale, is so rampant.