UPDATE #2: Alex Gibney just posted this at Facebook, seems kind of apt in a way:
UPDATE #1: Pope Benedict suddenly resigns, citing ill health or advancing age or something. Can only wish it was due to movie (below) airing last week. Prison too much to ask for, I guess. Movie repeated on HBO at different times this month. Was hoping Vatican would simply say, "The Pope is resigning to spend more time with his family...of priest abuse files."
Earlier: Great Alex "Busiest Man in Film Business" Gibney doc aired on HBO tonight (watch for repeats) on priest sex abuse scandals, focusing on one involving hundreds of deaf boys at a Wisconsin school--but equally tough on Cardinal "You Dirty" Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict) and even Pope John Paul. Andrew Sullivan, still somehow an avid Catholic, hails it here. It also looks at the scandal spreading to Ireland, Italy and elsewhere, plus most-favored-abuser status granted to one particular highly-connected Vatican fundraiser. Secrets in archives (overseen by Ratzinger as cardinal) must come out.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Pope, Who Oversaw Sex Abuse Files, Resigns
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