Some days ago I was astonished to discover that in Italy priests who are alleged to be pedophiles and abusing young girls are not judged by the Italian justice, but by other priests (please, note the disciplinary measures for a pedophile priest were a ban from hearing confession or celebrating Mass for five years, and every day for one year he must recite Psalm 51).
Today I discover (via Nicola Mattina, in Italian) that the Italian blogosphere is heavily commenting on a BBC documentary titled “Sex Crimes and the Vatican“.
BisPensiero added Italian subtitles to the video and currently this is the most popular video on Google Video. Be aware the documentary contains the personal recording of a man who have been raped by a priest when he was 14 years old. It is a tough watch, be prepared.
You can also read the the transcript of the Italian subtitles
This time Italian obscurantists will have a hard time to ask Google to remove the video since the copyright belongs to BCC.
Note that this attention entirely started from blogs, after Bispensiero added subtitles and in fact th official newspaper of the Vatican says blog spreads BBC “slander” to Italy by posting a BBC documentary that alleged a Church cover-up of child sexual abuse.
After blogs attracted attention, a political row has erupted in Italy over whether state television should air the BBC documentary. Television is so behind blogging.
I have my personal ideas about the Catholic Church but please verify these facts, judge by yourself and act as you think it is better.