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Sipe Sex Lies Priesthood

Author: Salem Film Fest
Date: World Premiere on February 20, 2021
Publisher: SipeFilm.com

We are pleased to announce our Salem Film Fest presentation of SIPE: SEX, LIES, AND THE PRIESTHOOD. Streaming of the film will be available starting on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 4 p.m. EST. There will be a livestream panel discussion on Saturday, February 20, 2021, at 7 pm EST with a live chat function. Panelists include Marianne Benkert Sipe, Phil Saviano, Robert Orsi, and Kara French, moderated by Terry McKiernan. See SalemFilmFest.com for tickets and streaming details.


Marianne Benkert Sipe is a psychiatrist and expert witness specializing in Catholic clergy abuse and the lives of religious sisters; she and her husband Richard Sipe frequently worked together on abuse cases.

Phil Saviano is the activist and survivor of childhood sexual abuse by Fr. David Holley whose story was told in the movie SPOTLIGHT; he is a board member of BishopAccountability.org and represents Mexican folk artists through his import business www.vivaoaxacafolkart.com.

Robert Orsi is Grace Craddock Nagle Chair of Catholic Studies at Northwestern University, where he is also Professor of Religious Studies, History, and American Studies. He is the author of many books, including the award-winning Madonna of 115th Street, and is working on Give Us Boys (Columbia University Press, forthcoming in 2022), about sexual abuse in Jesuit prep schools. Orsi is a leader of the University of Notre Dame / BishopAccountability.org partnership Gender, Sex, and Power: Towards a History of Clergy Sex Abuse in the U.S. Catholic Church.

Kara French is Associate Professor of History at Salisbury University and author of Against Sex: Identities of Sexual Restraint in Early America (University of North Carolina Press, forthcoming in June 2021); she is a researcher in the Gender Sex, and Power partnership, where she is working on celibacy in the Catholic abuse crisis.

Streaming Online

The documentary and panel discussion will be available as a video-on-demand after the livestream on February 20 through Thursday, March 4, 2021; see SalemFilmFest.com for tickets and streaming details.

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