Earlier this year Father Brian D’Arcy revealed that he’s been censured by the
Vatican after challenging some of the Catholic Church’s core teachings. In this
frank and personal documentary, filmmaker, Natalie Maynes follows Brian on a
journey across Europe as he confronts the biggest dilemma of his life – can he
continue as a priest?
In The Turbulent Priest, Natalie goes behind-the-scenes with Brian as the
news of this censure is leaked to the world’s press and stays with him as he
confronts his dilemma. Brian asked: “Is the price of being a priest that you
stay quiet, that you don’t be a whistle blower, and that the price of dying a
priest is that you don’t speak the truth?”
The documentary follows Brian as he reveals his struggle with the core
teachings of the church including celibacy; “I would have been a much better
priest had I married. I think it would have been the whole thing of sharing your
life with somebody else and the whole thing of making sacrifices for somebody
else and also that idea of a companion, a closeness, a friend, someone to call
Watch the programme on BBC Northern ireland on Monday 29th October @ 22.35. Watch a clip of the programme here.