In Good Conscience

Reviews

“The star of a film festival about sexual diversity is a nun!”
—IndieWire, November 2005

“Absorbing… excellent… enormous charm… The unassuming Sister Jeannine Gramick may be the most engaging spokesperson for the Catholic faith in recent memory.”
—Ronnie Scheib, Variety

“This gripping documentary by Barbara Rick is a must-see.”
—Beth Greenfield, TimeOut NY

In Good Conscience is making the rounds of the film festival circuit and receiving standing ovations.”
—Nancy Ramsey, LA Times (download pdf)

“This is the story of a 61-year-old nun with inclinations toward Birkenstocks and Jane Fonda exercise videos, and a knack for incurring the concentrated fury of the Catholic hierarchy in Rome.”
—Rob Kahn, Newsday (download pdf)

“Ratzinger and Me: Sister Jeannine Gramick’s ministry for gay people, highlighted in a new documentary, brought her into direct conflict with the Vatican. She tells Terry Philpot about dissent – and coming face to face with the new pope.”
—The Tablet, London (download pdf)

“With her shy nun’s smile and gentle demeanor, Sister Jeannine Gramick seems the most unlikely of gadflies. But, as a new documentary about her ministry to gay and lesbian Catholics shows, she is fearless in fighting anyone who tries to silence her.”
—Daniel Burke, Religion News Service (download pdf)

“Barbara Rick’s documentary about Gramick, In Good Conscience: Sister Jean Gramick’s Journey of Faith offers a profile of a hero whose courage, humility, warmth and charm are living testament to the noblest definition of humanity.”
—Will O’Bryan, Metro Weekly Washington DC

 “Sister Jeannine Gramick, a 62-year-old nun who has worked to reach out to homosexual Catholics, was to have been honored Sunday at St. Mary Parish in Royal Oak following a screening of a documentary film highlighting her work. But the reception had to be moved to a secular location because Sister Gramick's mission is not in accordance with the message of the church, according to the archdiocese.”
—Marisa Schultz, The Detroit News

“A humble beacon for truth… With its universal messages of following your conscience and your faith, it appeals to a broad spectrum.”
—D’Anne Witkowski, Pride Source

“Gramick is a rabblerouser in practice, but not look or attitude. In fact, she's downright adorable…  Gramick comes off as the anti-Michael Moore: reaching out through friendliness rather than bombast, through logic rather than blanket statements.”
—Philadelphia Weekly

“Vivid, intimate portraits of unconventional and courageous characters proved quite popular at the 36th Nashville Film Festival… Perhaps the prime example of someone operating against the norm was Sister Jeannine Gramick, whose decades-long ministry in the gay and lesbian community was marvelously examined in Barbara Rick’s moving In Good Conscience: Sister Jeannine Gramick’s Journey of Faith.”
—Ron Wynn, Nashville City Paper

"This celebrated documentary offers a real hero: Sister Jeanine Gramick, a nun-turned-rebel who faced extreme censure from the Vatican over the Catholic Church’s policy towards gay men and lesbians. In particular, she faces up to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and now, of course, known as Pope Benedict XVI, who stripped her of her pastoral ministry. A remarkable portrait of a remarkable individual."
—Quest Guide to the Milwaukee LGBT Film & Video Festival

“The church’s institutional bigotry seems all the more irrational when discussed by Gramick, who handles her overwhelming opposition with humor, an even temper, and – something that’s occasionally lacking among members of religious orders – logic.”
—Tricia Olszewski, CP ART, Washington City Paper (download pdf)

“On the heels of the abuse scandal, In Good Conscience raises important questions about morality and leadership within the Church. Gramick is a likable, enigmatic figure and her fearless drive to challenge the Vatican – what, except total faith, might give a person such courage? – makes for compelling subject matter.”
—Elisa Ludwig, Philadelphia City Paper (download pdf)

“Where some people saw films such as Mel Gibson’s ‘The Passion of The Christ’ and Michael Moore’s ‘Fahrenheit 911’ as radical, Rick says, it’s Gramick who’s the radical – and one in the manner of Jesus Christ.”
—Andrew Hughes, South Bend Tribune (download pdf)

"Documentary chronicles the extraordinary mission of one nun to reach out to gays and lesbians.”
—Winnie McCroy, GayCityNews

"Fascinating… remarkable… The film shows how one person can truly make a difference.."
—Jessica Russell & Liz Stembridge, Scene and Heard

“Feisty and faithful… a touching look at a ‘rebel nun’”
—Rhonda Smith, NY Blade

"It's a film that touches people's hearts, whether you're gay or not, or Catholic or not. Its message is very universal, and that is, to follow what is in your heart is right."
— THE AGE

Rick’s greatest accomplishment is capturing her subject’s spunky, endlessly patient character. The filmmaker doesn’t shy away from the opposing side’s point of view, either..."
—Michael Hastings, Metrotimes, Detroit's Weekly Alternative

In Good Conscience: Sister Jeannine Gramick’s Journey of Faith offers rare insight and even rarer objectivity into exploring an issue that will only grow larger in coming years.”
—Jon Salimes, Wisconsin, Milwaukee University Post

"A testament to Sister Gramick’s enduring spirit.”
—Adam Aigner-Treworgy, West End Word

"Sister Jeannine Gramick, 62, was to have been honored Sunday at St. Mary Parish in Royal Oak following a screening of a documentary film highlighting her work. But the reception had to be moved to because of objections by the archdiocese."
—Associated Press

"This remarkable film centers on Sister Jeannine Gramick, an American nun who founded a compassionate ministry for gay and lesbian Catholics, but was later ordered by the Vatican to stop her activities. In Good Conscience is a fascinating story about one woman’s quest to change the Catholic Church’s views on homosexuality."
—Abby Schwartz, Gay & Lesbian Times, San Diego

"I was particularly struck by her willingness to try to dialogue with persons who see things VERY differently from her. At one point in the film, they showed her going out on the streets to talk with protesters at the Bishop's Conference when they were addressing the priest sexual abuse scandals that were (and are) rocking the church. Some of the protesters—persons who identified as Roman Catholics—were unbelievably hateful and homophobic in their signs and words. How she kept her cool I will never know."
—Windchime Walker Blogspot

"Barbara Rick's In Good Conscience: Sister Jeannine Gramick's Journey of Faith won the audience award for best full-length documentary."
—Brian Brooks, IndieWire, On The Scene

"In Good Conscience (shot by the legendary Albert Maysles) is literally a portrait of grace under pressure."
—Milton Tabbot, IFP

“prize-winning documentary… the protagonist of the film is a proponent of mankind in the new millennium.”
—Kevin Lewis, International Documentary Magazine (download pdf)

“Australia: Cardinal Challenged to Debate on Homosexuality”
—Austin Cline, Agnosticism/Atheism Blog

“Pell challenged to debate about homosexuality”
—Catholic News

“Cardinal challenged to a gay debate”
—The Australian

“After sixteen years in Catholic school, Barbara Rick says she hoped she’d never see, or hear, another nun.”
—Suzanne Travers, Herald News (download pdf)

“A voice of hope in the wilderness… My advice, Michael Moore, move over... there's a new girl in town!”
—Joe McParland, IMDB

“Audiences are embracing In Good Conscience with standing ovations at sold-out screenings around the world.”
—New York Women in Film & Television (download pdf)

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