Monday March 22 2010
The director of a film which questions celibacy in the Catholic Church has said that the rule is "destroying the church from the inside".
Film-maker John Deery spent 10 years interviewing priests and seminarians before writing the script for 'Conspiracy of Silence'.
"The release couldn't be more appropriate, given that celibacy is at the heart of the mess the Catholic Church is in now," he said.
Starring Oscar-winning actress Brenda Fricker and actor Sean McGinley, the film tells the story of a young trainee priest torn between the love for his girlfriend and his vocation.
"Celibacy needs to be dropped by the Catholic Church as a prerequisite for being a priest. It's the real problem at the heart of the church," said Mr Deery.