The child abuse scandals are one of the darkest chapters in the history of the Catholic Church. With Pope Francis at the helm since 2013 and pledging ‘zero tolerance’, some believe that change is on the way.

In Behind the Altar British historian John Dickie discovers that there are still problems. What is slowing down the cleanup that Pope Francis promised? The documentary reveals that even when the church is aware of the abuse, 75% of all abusers remain as priests. We learn that bishops are not yet obliged to report pedophiles to the police and some abusers are merely moved - shuffled from one diocese to another.

Dickie travels from Italy to France, to the United States and to the Pope’s homeland, Argentina. He looks back at what has been done by the last three Popes, meets experts and survivors, magistrates and clergy members. He discovers new cases and exposes how, for the Church, the child abuse issue is far more deeply rooted than ever imagined.

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Presented by

John Dickie

Written by

Lucio Mollica

Vania Del Borgo

John Dickie

Directed by

Jesus Garcés Lambert

Executive Producer

Gioia Avvantaggiato

Lucio Mollica

Line Producer

Sabina Tranquilli

Head of Post Production

Gioia Marchetti

Director of Photography

Filippo Genovese

Sound

Angelo Marotta

Editor

Simone Pallicca

Researchers

Giuliana Salvi

Anna Francesca Leccia

Archive researcher

Alessia Petitto

Production Assistants

Andrea Di Muccio

Norihiro Mizukami

Haykel Krifa

Camera Assistants

Asia Abbatangelo

Gabriele Efrati

Assistant Editors

Pierdamiano Benghi

Giacomo Villa

Accounting

Massimo Peri

Monica Coppa

Color Correction & Titles

Filippo Genovese

Graphics and Animation

MBanga Studio

Pietro Ciccotti

Audio post production

Mediasintesi srl

Commissioning editors

For ZDF/Arte

Sabine Bubeck Paaz

For IKONdocs

Margje de Koning

Produced by

GA&A Productions

In coproduction with

ZDF

in collaboration with

ARTE

and

Witfilm / IKONdocs

In association with

CBC News Network

EFFE TV – GRUPPO FELTRINELLI per laF

Commissioning Editor

Riccardo Chiattelli

NRK

ICI TELE + ICI RDI

Jean Pellettier

Senior director, Information Television, French Television

RTBF – Unité Documentaires

Marc Bouvier

RTS Radio Télévision Suisse

Unité des Films Documentaire

Irène Challand & Frédéric Pfyffer

SFR

SVT

VRT

YLE

Archives

Associated Press

Associated Press Images

AP Photo/The Tribune-Democrat, John Rucosk

Noticiero 9 – Canal Nueve – Mendoza – Argentina

CTV Archive Images – Centro Televisivo Vaticano

Footage Farm

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Archives

Pond5

RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana

Rolland Quadrini / KR Images Presse

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La Croix

L’Espresso

Michel Bernard

Xavier Fischer

Jean Claude Honnorat

Bas Wiersma

Legal Advisor

Italian Bureau Of Consultancy

Avv. Sergio Giorcelli

Thanks to

Martin Ahumada

Julieta Añazco

Jesus Bastante

Michel Bernard

Luca Bettini

Gianni Bisoli

Franco Bordo

Fania Cavaliere

Marie Collins

Davide Cito

Alessia Condò

Juan Carlos Cruz

Sebastian Cuattromo

Ignacio De La Rosa

François Devaux

Sandra Devaux

Roberto Di Martino

Shaun Dougherty

Thomas P. Doyle

Laurent Duverger

Gonzalo Evangelista

Giovanni Battista Ferro

Xavier Fischer

Emiliano Fittipaldi

George Foster

Mary Gail Frawley-O'Dea

Janice Freehling

Camillo Fulchianoni

Giacomo Galeazzi

Alexandre Hezez

Robert Hoatson

Jean Claude Honnorat

Marco Jeannin

Marco Lodi Rizzini

Carlos Lombardi

Francisco Machuca

Sandro Magister

Camilla Manconi

Joseph Marshall

Maryann Marsico

Cintia Martinez

Patricia Mayorga

Roberto Mirabile

José Andrés Murillo

Amina Nasser

Pamela Oddo

Juan Pedro Oliver Jimenez

Mario Panetta

Ludovico Paiella

Amedeo Peri

Marco Politi

Maureen Powers

Bill Richards

Mark Rozzi

Peter Saunders

Lori Sherlock

Kieran Tapsell

Bertrand Virieux

Bas Wiersma

Elizabeth Williams

Francesco Zanardi

La Parole Libérée

Xumek

BishopAccountability.org

Associazione Sordomuti A. Provolo- Onlus

Rete L’Abuso - Onlus

National Catholic Reporter

Associazione Nazionale Mutilati ed Invalidi di Guerra

Procura Generale della Repubblica Presso la Corte d’Appello di Roma

Centro Artistico Alik Cavaliere

Hotel Lancelot, Rome

Hotel Fourvière, Lyon

Produced with the participation of the

MEDIA Programme of the European Union

THIS FILM WAS PRODUCED ALSO THANKS TO TAX CREDIT REGULATION

N. 244 DATED 24TH DECEMBER 2007.

ISAN N° 0000-0004-7867-0000-X-0000-0001-A

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