Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
This provocative documentary explores the role of the Catholic Church in fighting against or maintaining the repressive Chilean military regime of Augusto Pinochet. Considerable attention is paid to the daring efforts of the Vicarage of Solidarity and the protests of liberal bishops against the human rights abuses and outright atrocities committed in the name of "social stability." Two of the people from the Vicarage who were interviewed in the film were shortly afterwards arrested and jailed. These efforts are contrasted with the smug righteousness of the military and its chaplains, and some of the conservative hierarchs of the church. That country's two cardinals were in a state of amicable opposition, but only one (the more liberal Silva Henriquez) consented to an interview.