If you haven’t seen the documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, it’s an absolute must-see. Even as someone who has written about the Catholic Church and its long practice of protecting priests who abuse children, it’s still shocking how far back and how deep it goes. Here’s the trailer:
It’s airing on HBO this month. And what it reveals backs up my longstanding argument that many top Catholic officials, including Cardinal Law and the current pope, should be in prison. Instead, they live in opulence and impunity, kept safe from justice by the protection we wrongly give to religion. Anyone outside of a church who did what they did would be in prison as, at bare minimum, accessories after the fact.