by Anura Guruge
I finally finished watching it tonight. It was so good that I finished watching it rather than my 40 minutes of ‘daily’ cricket between 10 and 10:40 pm (before I take the dogs out for the last time and then start on my 3rd shift of work).
Given that I too have been following these events, e.g. ‘Vatileaks‘, pedophilia and ‘Vatican Bank‘, and writing about them for years, there wasn’t anything new per se to me. But, it was interesting to see actual people, many Italian, talking about them on TV — rather than just reading about it.
The child abuse is very disturbing — even after all these years. Amazes me that so many Catholics choose to turn a blind eye to it.
I was aware about the degree of homosexuality in the Church, at the Vatican and the curia. Lets face it, there have been gay popes — even in my lifetime! The whole celibacy thing is a farce. To be honest I don’t trust any male who has taken or is willing to take a vow of celibacy. I don’t think that a normal, healthy male can be celibate — or to be more precise chaste (and then you still run into the issue of self-gratification). Sick. Sick. Sick.
The money laundering stuff is so old, but germane.
Though harsh, they portrayed, ‘my MAN‘, My Lord Tarcisio Bertone, S.D.B., fairly and accurately. I, like Benedict XVI (#266), feel that he did what he had to do in what were difficult circumstances. Without him Benedict XVI would not have been pope as long as he was. Bertone ran the papacy for Benedict.
All said, this really is a MUST WATCH if you aren’t familiar with the cancers within the Catholic Church. It will enlighten you. It will empower you.
Check out the PBS Frontline resources (below):