Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The myth of Vatican secrecy

With the Pope in the news, it was time for the CBC to dust of the Vatican sexposé it’s had on hand since 2006. By my count, this is at least the third time the “timely and revelatory documentary” Sex Crimes and the Vatican has been broadcast, without any updating or new context. One of its assertions is that Rome used the document Crimen sollicitationis to hush up allegations of sex abuse by priests. This allegation, which has been around for years, is like an urban legend that won't go away. It's been thoroughly discredited -- as far back as 2003 and still today. Presumably it keeps hanging around because it helps drive the narrative of the Vatican as an international criminal conspiracy agency.

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