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“The Vatican … is the last absolute monarchy in the world today. The pope, when he is elected, is answerable to no human power. He has absolute authority over the entire Roman Catholic Church, direct authority that reaches down to individual members.”
Tom Doyle is a priest and long-time advocate for victims of clergy sex abuse. A former canon lawyer for the Vatican embassy in Washington, D.C., Doyle says the church’s power structure has served to exacerbate the abuse crisis. “The attitude that the clergy are somehow … above other Catholics and that we have to be protected at all costs, I think this is a heresy,” he told FRONTLINE. “It’s an evil virus that infects the institutional church.” This is the edited transcript of an interview conducted on Sept. 5, 2013. Continue reading →
One month before U.S. President Barack Obama pays his first visit to meet Pope Francis at The Vatican, an explosive new report has exposed the seedy side of the Catholic Church.
“Secrets of the Vatican” – a PBS Frontline exclusive which first aired last Tuesday – is a jaw-dropping piece of work, utterly unflinching in its depiction of the church’s ongoing child sexual abuse scandal.
Not only that, it delves extensively into allegations of money laundering on the part of the Vatican Bank – and widespread corruption within the church’s powerful bureaucracy.
“It is unbelievable that this documentary was ever produced and shown on American television, much less by the government’s PBS network,” one source told us in commending it to our attention.
We agree …
The Frontline story begins with the story of Rev. Marcial Maciel Degollado. Maciel was the Mexican priest who founded the Roman Catholic Church’s Legion of Christ, an order which recruited young men for the priesthood.
Maciel – who died in 2008 – was a drug addict and pedophile who sexually abused dozens of young boys during a reign of terror that spanned decades. Not only that he fathered multiple children out of wedlock (priests can’t marry, remember?) and abused several of them sexually as well.
Perhaps the most poignant moment of this film is when one of Maciel’s own sons breaks down discussing the abuse he and his brother suffered at the hands of his father.
(The entire episode is available HERE … or just click on the video below to watch …)
The story of Fr Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the Legionaries of Christ, who, with the help of a small army of Irish recruits, built a global empire and cult of personality within the Catholic Church under five successive Popes, despite the Vatican having credible evidence that he was a paedophile, a drug addict and a manipulative fraudster. Continue reading →