The Silence

Press Reaction

Raymond A. Schroth, America

"In one sense, the story of sexual abuse in the Catholic church has been unfolding for years, as one country after another faces the crimes in its closet and the here-we-go-again pattern emerges. In that sense, Frontline’s visit to snowbound St. Michael is a familiar tale. But proportionally, since about half the village’s citizens still bear the scars of abuse that began in the 1970s, and because its isolation made it so vulnerable, the case is extraordinary; and because the reporter approaches it with sensitivity, it’s a classic work of TV journalism."

Anthony B. Robinson, Crosscut

"It seems right, if ironic, that the Frontline broadcast airs during Christianity’s 'Holy Week.' As the Church tells the story of the crucifixion of Jesus, the innocent son of God, this story from St. Michael is of another crucifixion, of a kind of death for innocent children in Alaska, suffered three and four decades ago at the hands of the church and its priests. One can only hope that telling the story in this straightforward and respectful way will contribute in some measure both to healing and new life."

Mary Beth Smetzer, Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

"The documentary is heart-wrenching and difficult to watch as the victims -- now adults -- detail how they suffered as children."

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Posted April 19, 2011

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