The country and especially the Catholic faithful are right to be outraged that abusive priests were not removed from the priesthood but were instead shuffled to other churches to begin another cycle of abuse. But Gibney again overdoses by bringing in another hanging judge, Rev. Thomas Doyle, who slanders the entire Church by declaring that some bishops' previous attitude against turning their priests over to civil authorities was so corrupt that "I don't know what they would have done if there were a slew of murders. "
Bringing this kind of lurid, factually unsupported conspiracy theorizing to the entire Catholic Church, besmirching every priest and every bishop and every cardinal and every pope as if it were a nonfictional "DaVinci Code" -- welcome to HBO.
This is the big picture of the morally upside-down HBO documentary unit: Pope Benedict is portrayed as a vicious crook, but Ted Kennedy and his brothers are portrayed as secular saints.
Don't take my word for it. Los Angeles Times TV critic Mary McNamara was a fan of the Gibney screed: "The message of 'Mea Maxima Culpa' is clear: No member of the hierarchy of the Catholic Church is innocent in this almost unbelievably ubiquitous wave of abuse and certainly not the man who sits in his cloak of infallibility at its head."
Then there was McNamara's review of "Teddy: In His Own Words" in 2009. "(B)iography quickly vanishes into mythology ... much more tribute than analysis. ... At its worst, the film can be blindly sentimental. Kennedy is portrayed as a man driven by devotion to service; base catalysts like personal or political ambition simply don't come up. Although the drowning of Mary Jo Kopechne in Chappaquiddick is discussed, it is far more quickly dismissed by the film than it has been by many Americans."
On HBO, over imagery of a priest holding up the Eucharistic host, Gibney explained that the problem with Catholics is "noble cause corruption," that somehow abusive priests could turn every perversion "into a holy act." But for the Left, their noble cause is never corrupt, no matter how reckless, vicious and dishonest their accusations are in the feverish pursuit of "reforming" the Catholic Church in their own Bill Maher-friendly image.
L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. To find out more about Brent Bozell III, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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