January 25, 2005

Local Documentary Nominated for Oscar

13 ABC

The Catholic Diocese of Toledo is once again making headlines. This time in the entertainment world, but it may not be the positive buzz the church is looking for.

It's called "Twist of Faith" an Oscar-nominated film shot here in Toledo. It chronicles one man's struggle with alleged abuse in the Diocese of Toledo. It was filmed over two years in Toledo and it's now up for an Oscar. 13 action news spoke with the film's primary subject back in August.

Tony Comes (cooms) had one of 18 lawsuits against the Catholic Diocese of Toledo. When the church settled for $1,200,000 Comes got $55,000. Now his story is getting accolades from Hollywood's elite. The film is playing at Sundance this week and it's one of five nominated for an academy award in the documentary category. Comes told 13 action news he wanted his story to be told.

The diocese of Toledo responded by saying it will "ensure that these crimes of clergy and sexual abuse never occur again." But a spokesperson says the diocese cannot directly address the content of "Twist of Faith" because it has not seen the film.

Posted by kshaw at January 25, 2005 02:22 PM