Director Antonia Bird outraged the Catholic Church and embarrassed her film's distributors (Miramax and its parent company, Disney) with this candid portrayal of the moral anguish and development of a young priest (Linus Roache) struggling to come to terms with the sins of his new parish
and his own homosexuality.
Father Greg Pilkington arrives in working-class Liverpool and is shocked by the libertine behavior of his fellow clergyman and housemate Matthew Thomas (Tom Wilkinson). When he catches Matthew sleeping with the housekeeper (Cathy Tyson), he erupts with moral indignation. The older priest warns him
that he has much to learn.
Father Pilkington's les...