Docu­men­tary portrait of father Kotte (1922−2006), who was expelled from the diocese in the 1970s, but kept drawing parish­ioners with his Masses in the Sint-Willi­brord Church in Utrecht.

If I hadn’t met father Kotte, I wouldn’t be inter­ested in the Catholic Church’, says a parish­ioner who attended father Kotte’s Masses in the Utrecht Sint-Willi­brord Church for decades. He wasn’t the only one. And when Kotte was discharged from all eccle­si­as­tical func­tions, his congre­ga­tion remained faithful.
De Jesus composed a docu­men­tary portrait of father Winand Kotte (1922−2006), who was disloyal to the diocese since the 1970s. When people aban­doned the churches, Kotte chose the old Roman Catholic tradi­tion — in defi­ance of the diocese. More­over, he had fallen under the spell’ of counter-pope’ Clement VX. Kotte was suspended and could no longer perform any priestly tasks. He had, cardinal Simonis asserts in the film, his own little church’. Parish­ioners, colleagues and critics from the diocese bring back memo­ries from those unset­tled years when father Kotte was discred­ited, but at the same time stayed popular among churchgoers.

Title: Gods eigen parochie
Year: 2011
Duration : 58 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2011

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