I missed the airing time on tv the other night, so I watched the Frontline program “Secrets of the Vatican” online this morning. A lot of journalistic work went into this. Some big people come off looking very bad. As you might expect, the Legion of Christ founder. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone gets especially hammered. And in light of this, why did Benedict XVI defend him so vigorously? Surely he knew more than journalists.
Sex abuse victims recounting their stories was as excruciating as it I’ve experienced it in real life with people I know. The woman sued by Arch-Milwaukee for legal fees struck a chord with me. No wonder most cardinals were grim heading into last year’s conclave. Surely there were enough virtuous men among them to realize the significance of that gathering.
I’ve seen the program reviewed on a few sites, mainly secular outlets. America‘s blog is one exception. Absolute silence from the non-liturgy conservative blogs I checked.
I have this urge to take a shower after watching this program. None of it is really news to anybody watching the Catholic hierarchy over the years.
Did any of you readers watch it? If so, what was your assessment?