Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Panorama: what the Pope knew

Monday night's Panorama investigating what Pope Benedict XVI knew about clerical sex abuse -- and what he did or did not do about it -- is here. CV coordinator Austen Ivereigh (photo) appears in the programme briefly twice. 'What the Pope knew' was due to have been shown in June, but because it failed to uncover a "smoking gun" was scheduled close to the papal visit instead. It is a well-made, thorough programme, which asks hard-hitting questions -- but never manages to pin anything substantial on Benedict XVI, while listing at the end the ways in which he has pioneered recent reforms.