The Shame of the Church

Sexual abuse in the Catholic Church has been making headlines for years. Some priests have been punished, but what about the bishops who shielded them?

In 2002, revelations of widespread sexual abuse led the U.S. bishops to pass a set of landmark reforms to end abuse in the Church. But as new scandals and long-secret files continue to come to light, even the Archbishop who presided over those new policies says the crisis seems like “a never-ending drama.”

Survivors, like Barbara Blaine, who have led the charge for serious reform, claim a basic issue is still not being addressed: holding bishops accountable for protecting sexually-abusive priests.

  • Producer: Harry W. Hanbury
  • Editor: Sandrine Isambert