In Good Conscience: Sr. Jeannine Gramick's Journey of Faith

In Good Conscience: Sr. Jeannine Gramick's Journey of Faith

Directed by Barbara Rick
One of the few women in history to take on the Vatican... and win.


Religion, Human Rights, Social Issues, Portrait, and Contemporary Issues

In Barbara Rick's acclaimed documentary, IN GOOD CONSCIENCE, a most unlikely and very funny rebel — an American nun — finds herself at the center of a human rights storm with leaders of one of the world’s most revered institutions, the Roman Catholic Church.

This film chronicles the true story of Sister Jeannine Gramick, who is defying a Vatican edict that she shut down her compassionate ministry to gay and lesbian Catholics, and silence herself permanently on the subject of homosexuality. Her battle takes her all the way to Rome and to the door of her key adversary over the years: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who would become Pope Benedict XVI.

Sister Jeannine has worked within the church for more than thirty years on behalf of the LGBT community and its fight for acceptance, recognition, and equality. When issued this ultimatum from Cardinal Ratzinger and Pope John Paul II — denounce homosexuality or lose everything — quietly and with respect, she refused.

Show treatment
Running time
82 minutes


  • Barbara Rick ... Director/Producer
  • Albert Maysles ... Director of Photography
  • Spiro C. Lampos ... Editor
  • Tom Fontana ... Executive Producer
  • john califra ... Original Music
  • Jim Anderson ... Additional Camera & Sound
  • Cynthia O'murchu ... Associate Producer
  • Elizabeth Myers ... Associate Producer

Production Details

Prod. Co.
Out of The Blue Films, Inc.
United States
Years of Production
USA & Rome, Italy
Prod. Partners
Executive Producer Tom Fontana

Distribution Details

Release year
2004 Silverdocs/AFI, MD; 2005 London Gay & Lesbian Film Fest; 2004 Independents Night, IFP, NYC; 2004 Reel Affirmations, Washington DC's Itnl Gay & Lesbian Film Fest; 2004 Inside/Out Toronto Gay & Lesbian Film Fest; 2004 Berlin Lesbian Film Fest, Germany
Best Doc, 2005 ReelPride Michigan GLBT Film Fest; Audience Favorite Award, 2004 Philadelphia Intl Gay & Lesbian Film Festival; Honorable Mention, 2004 Newfest, NYC; Closing Night Film, 2005 FilmOut San Diego & 2004 Queer Screen Doc Festival, Sydney, AU



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