A film featuring convicted sex offender Oliver O'Grady is being shown tonight and Monday at the Los Angeles Film Festival.
"Deliver Us From Evil," a documentary more than 90 minutes long, depicts the life of O'Grady, a priest at Lodi's St. Anne's Catholic Church from 1971 to 1978, who served seven years at Mule Creek State Prison in Ione. After being paroled in 2000, O'Grady was deported to his native Ireland.
O'Grady is interviewed extensively in the film, directed by Amy Berg. It also includes commentary from Nancy Sloan, whom O'Grady sexually abused in the 1970s. Sloan is now the spokeswoman for the Sacramento chapter of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.
St. Anne's Deacon Don Bo said he didn't know a movie about O'Grady had been produced. He said he couldn't comment on the film because he isn't aware of its contents.
Representatives from the movie and the film festival were unavailable for comment Thursday.
The movie also features comments by Cardinal Roger Mahony of the Los Angeles Archdiocese, who was the Stockton Diocese's bishop from 1980 to 1985, when O'Grady was a priest there. Critics accuse Mahony of not dealing adequately with O'Grady's sexual problems and instead transferring him from parish to parish.
After leaving St. Anne's, O'Grady was a priest at Church of the Presentation in Stockton, Sacred Heart Catholic church in Turlock, St. Andrew Catholic Church in San Andreas and St. Anthony Catholic Church in Hughson.
For more information on the documentary, see the Web site, http://www.lafilmfest.com.
First published: Friday, June 23, 2006