The Nest – Documentary

The Nest – Documentary

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When a child or vulnerable adult is abused by a member of the clergy or another person with spiritual authority the impact is not only emotional but also spiritual.

When a child or vulnerable adult is abused by a member of the clergy or another person with spiritual authority the impact is not only emotional but also spiritual.

The church is expected to be a place of trust; authority; connections; identity; validation and approval; and a place to find answers to difficult questions. All of these spiritual treasures are lost when “a member of the family of God” becomes the abuser.

The experience of such trauma is likely to have a significant impact on a person’s relationship with God. They may experience God as impotent or powerless for not having prevented the trauma. They may feel that God has abandoned them.

While some survivors understandably want nothing to do with the Church, others have a very conflicted and painful relationship with it. Many of these individuals experience a “crisis of faith,” questioning the existence of God, and some abandon their faith altogether.

Background

In 2018, Catholics experienced an unprecedented crisis of faith, as they were confronted once again with the realities of clergy sexual abuse and the abuse of power among some leaders in the Church hierarchy. The Vatican was challenged as political factions questioned the Pope’s authority, and the Church’s leadership appeared fractured. It seemed as if the crisis would never end.

However, if one closely examines the report, they will discover that the incidence of abuse in the US declined significantly in the past 20 years.

In 2000, the US Conference of Bishops implemented the Dallas Charter, a groundbreaking set of guidelines designed to ensure that children and vulnerable adults were protected from abuse at all levels in the Church including Church-affiliated schools, daycare centers, hospitals, and church facilities. Yet, the public and many Catholics remain uninformed about the efforts and results of these extraordinary initiatives.

The successful implementation of the Dallas Charter and the initiatives the Vatican has implemented in the past five years have made the Church one of the safest places for children. Yet, the public and many of the faithful remain fearful, as there is a perception that the problem of clergy sexual abuse continues.

Purpose of the documentary

The Nest is the documentary of a woman’s journey of the discovery of the work the Catholic Church has done in the past 20 years to address the tragic problem of clergy sexual abuse. Based on a true story, the documentary will provide a brief chronicle of her journey following the revelation of her brother’s abuse by their parish priest and her departure, and subsequent reconciliation with the Church. 

The documentary will examine the issue of child sexual abuse from multiple perspectives including interviews with the world health organization, UNICEF, insurance companies, prominent researchers in the field of child abuse, religious scholars, the medical community, and the leaders of various religious communities.

Finally, the documentary focuses on restorative justice as an approach to healing, highlighting the Church’s efforts to engage victims and their families in the development of programs to detect and prevent future abuses and to help heal all of those whose faith has been tested by this tragedy. A feature-length documentary “the Nest” reveals the “good” work the Catholic Church has done to reduce the incidence of clergy sexual abuse over the past two decades and explores the many initiatives underway to restore justice and bring healing to victims and their families.

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