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Last Updated: Friday, 27 February, 2004, 13:05 GMT
Church scandal gets TV treatment
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The Catholic Church was rocked by the scandal in 2002
US cable TV network Showtime has begun casting for a TV movie about the 2002 child sex scandal in the Roman Catholic Church in Boston, Massachusetts, US.

Our Fathers will be based on a book by Newsweek senior editor David France.

A spokesperson for the network said while characters and stories in the film would be based on fact, names would be changed.

"We have no intention of making this movie exploitative," said Showtime president Robert Greenblatt.

The film will be set in 2002, when a group of reporters from the Boston Globe uncovered the sex abuse scandal involving former priest John J Geoghan.


Geoghan was found guilty of abusing a 10-year-old boy and died in prison in 2003.

The case led to Cardinal Bernard F Law resigning as Archbishop of Boston.

"The majority of the public have no idea how widespread or complex this issue is," Mr Greenblatt said.

Mr France will serve as a consultant on the film. Work on the project, which will be directed by Emmy nominee Dan Curtis, is expected to begin in the spring.

The film comes just three months after the TV network screened a controversial film about Ronald Reagan.

The Reagans was originally set to air on CBS, but the network shelved it after an outcry from the Republican party over the portrayal of the former president.

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