October 24, 2005

A dark side of faith

The Independent Collegian

By Chris Ankney
Published: Monday, October 24, 2005

Tony Comes, the focus of the Academy Award nominated documentary, "Twist of Faith," is still dealing with the sexual abuse he endured at the hands of a Toledo priest.

"My recovery, so to speak, is ongoing," Comes said. "It's a daily struggle ... just to go through and decide not to be angry that day."

The movie, which was shown this weekend in UT's Doermann Theatre, chronicles Comes' struggle to gain retribution from the church after being sexually abused as a child.

"The movie follows the process that I went through - a little over two years of trying to get justice from the church," Comes said. "It really shows the struggles [as] you watch my life fall apart ... my marriage nearly disintegrate ... I want to make sure this doesn't happen again to somebody else."

Comes said he wasn't paid for his participation in the movie, and he wouldn't have it any other way.

"[HBO] just dropped off a couple 8mm cameras and said, 'Film your life,'" he said. "I don't want any money to cloud anyone's perception of why I'm doing this. This has never been about money ... it's been about the issue."

Posted by kshaw at October 24, 2005 08:14 AM