April 30, 2005

Showtime airs timely story of U.S. church

Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

By Luaine Lee
Scripps Howard News Service

Showtime couldn’t have come up with a better time to air its controversial film “Our Fathers.”

With the death of Pope John Paul II and the choosing of his replacement, Pope Benedict XVI, in the news, the church has been more visible than ever.

The show, which deals with the Catholic Church’s cover-up of the sexual abuses in Boston, premieres May 21 on Comcast Channel 4. This film, based on David France’s bestseller, “Our Fathers: The Secret Life of the Catholic Church in an Age of Scandal,” takes a penetrating look at the actions of the church’s hierarchy.

“One of the things we learned in Boston was that there’s a corporate problem and that the corporate CEOs were responsible for the problem,” France says.

These ecclesiastical leaders have not taken the responsibility of seeing to it that the malefactors were punished for their deeds, France says.

Posted by kshaw at April 30, 2005 09:13 AM