Academy Award nominee Haley Joel Osment plays a teacher in Sex Ed. The filmmakers did some shooting at the closed Sacred Heart Academy in Tampa.Courtesy of Rod Millington

'Sex Ed' filming at former Catholic school in Tampa 'mortifies' bishop

Faith-based films are hot in Hollywood, but a local bishop is "mortified" about what he considers a faith-debasing movie. Catholic Bishop Robert Lynch blogged a blistering response Tuesday to a report that "an apparently raunchy and sleazy movie" titled Sex Ed was partly filmed at Sacred Heart Academy in Tampa, a p …

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