I’m was excited to see that Frontline’s special is premiering tonight on KSPS in Spokane. The program, called “Secrets of the Vatican,” runs from 9-10p.m.this evening.
Pope Benedict shocked the world with his resignation in 2013, the first Pope to step down voluntarily in 600 years. His successor, Pope Francis, has been dealing with scandals, crisis and a bitterly divided Vatican.
Frontline spent almost a year making the film, investigating one of our most revered and mysterious institutions. I think even more people are curious about what happens behind all those velvet drapes and ceremonial robes given Dan Brown’s books, which include the Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons. His books have sold over 200 million copies and have been translated into 52 languages.
That said, Frontline’s emphasis is on the series of events that led to the resignation of Pope Benedict. Through interviews with cardinals, priests, convicted criminals, police, prosecutors and whistle-blowers, the film gives a first-hand account of the final days before Benedict’s resignation.
In “Secrets of the Vatican,” award-winning director Antony Thomas takes on the clergy sex abuse crisis; money laundering and corruption at the Vatican Bank, as well as the release of internal documents revealing cronyism, power struggles and allegations of blackmail within the church.
The special also poses questions about how Pope Francis will make meaningful headway given the Vatican bureaucracy.