Documentary Film On Clergy Sex Abuse Was Not Allowed To Be Shown On KMBH, The Local PBS Station
On Sunday, February 18, over 250 people attended a CTA-RGV sponsored screening of Joe Cultrera's film "Hand of
God" at the Cine El Rey in McAllen, Texas.  Joe and his brother Paul, the victim whose story is told in the film, were
available for questions and discussion after the screening.  There has been considerable controversy about the
station's refusal to air the PBS Frontline documentary (
see here for a chronicle of the press coverage).  Visit the
film's website at
www.handofgodfilm.com.
Activities
“A moving and frankly told story of a family’s
confrontation with the church that betrayed them,
and how they survived it all with their
humanity and humor intact.”
                     Frontline
“Hand of God" is both an affidavit against the Catholic
archdiocese and a novena to the Cultrera son's elderly parents,
who revered the church, but loved their children more.
Alessandra Stanley, New York Times

That rare thing when it comes to works on this theme -- a film
informed by passion without histrionics, and a sober and moving
family saga.
Dorothy Rabinowitz, Wall St Journal
CTA-RGV Sponsored Screening of "Hand of God" in McAllen
Download the "Hand of God" Flyer (a .PDF file)

Download a letter sent by CTA-RGV to the
KMBH Board of Directors (a .PDF file)
Download Director's Bio (a .PDF file)

Download Director's Statement (a .PDF file)
Father David Jackson, who preaches at churches in
Raymondville and Lyford, talks about his impression of the
documentary Hand of God after a screening Sunday afternoon
at Cine El Rey in McAllen.
Joe Cultera, director of Hand of God, right, looks at his
brother, Paul, the subject of his film, while he responds to
a question about the documentary Sunday afternoon at
Cine El Rey.
Photos by Nathan Lambrecht/The Monitor
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SNAP Visits the Valley
The founder of the Survivors' Network of the Abused by Priests (SNAP), Barbara Blaine, was in the Valley recently.  She
gave a presentation on the evening of the October 2, 2012, and hosted a press conference at the Diocese of
Brownsville offices on the grounds of the Basilica in San Juan the following day.  Her visit was sponsored by CTA-RGV.

In her presentation, Ms. Blaine described the current state of affairs concerning the sexual abuse of minors by priests in
the Catholic Church.  Her press conference reiterated the importance of each diocese releasing the names of those
priests who have been credibly accused of the sexual abuse of a minor, emphasizing that such a release helps protect
the communities where these men now live and work and additionally, provides an opportunity for those victims who
have remained silent, thinking they were only ones, to come forward and so facilitate their recovery and healing.  
Bishop Flores, like his predecessor, Bishop Pena, has refused to release the names, despite several requests from
CTA-RGV to do so.