AFRICANGLOBE – A fascinating investigative report into the sex scandals, alleged money laundering, currency smuggling and other crimes that caused one pope to retire in frustration and another to risk it all to try to clean up the corruption. Because the Vatican is essentially a closed religious community that is also its own state, the dysfunction it exhibits closely resembles allegations about what takes place in many religious communities that completely control entire neighborhoods.
A year ago, when the cardinals converged on Rome to elect a new Pope, they all understood what was at stake.
The atmosphere was the most serious, the most intense that I’ve ever— ever known because of the issues which the Church was facing. At the top level in Rome, things were not going well.
And then the shame of child abuse has had a real serious effect, I think, on the Church not just in the West, but I think all over the world.
Secrets Of The Vatican – PBS Documentary