Conspiracy of Silence (2003) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • A can of worms is opened within the Irish Catholic Church following two controversial incidents, the suicide of Frank Sweeney, a parish priest and the expulsion of Daniel McLaughlin, a young trainee priest from a nearby seminary, on the grounds that he was open to the sexual advances of a male colleague. A local journalist, David Foley, is convinced that Sweeney's death and Daniel's expulsion are linked. Desperate to clear his good name and be re-instated, Daniel agrees to talk to Foley. As the story gathers momentum, the Church closes ranks.


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  • Conspiracy of Silence is a drama film set in Ireland and inspired by real events. The film challenges celibacy and its implication for the Catholic Church in the 21st century.

    The unexpected suicide of beloved and well-respected priest. The expulsion of idealistic, young Seminary student. Unrelated? David Foley, A local investigative reporter, pursues the two stories and begins to uncover a deadly secret that links both incidents. He soon receives anonymous threats and is chased by shadowy figures. As he digs deeper, he unwittingly puts his family's lives in danger. Daniel is forced to make a decision that could haunt him forever; will he help the Church cover up its lies and deceit?

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