What the Pope Knew

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Duration: 29 minutes

On the eve of the first Papal visit to Britain in 28 years, Fergal Keane investigates the Pope's personal track record of dealing with paedophile priests while an archbishop and top Vatican official. As the child sex abuse scandal continues to engulf the Catholic Church worldwide, he meets victims who want an apology for the Pope's personal handling of some notorious cases.

  • What did the Pope know about abuse in the Church?

    What did the Pope know about abuse in the Church?

    Fergal Keane investigates the Pope's personal track record of dealing with paedophile priests while an archbishop and top Vatican official.

    Read Fergal Keane's feature
  • Melinda Costello - 'I remember clearly being abused'

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    Stephen Kiesle sexually abused children while working as a Catholic priest in parishes around San Francisco in the 1970s. One of his victims was Melinda Costello, who talks to Panorama's Fergal Keane.
    Father Kiesle was convicted of sexually abusing two boys in 1978 and suspended by the local church, but it was not until 1987 that the Vatican accepted his request to be removed from the priesthood.

  • Archive 1967: A Changing Church

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    Panorama's James Mossman reported on the Catholic Church's engagement with the changing world of the 1960s and the seismic shifts in the Catholic hierarchy during the papal reigns of John XXIII and Paul VI that covered this period.

    This is an abridged version of Panorama: The Roman Catholic Church originally broadcast on 30 October 1967.

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Credits

Presenter
Jeremy Vine
Reporter
Fergal Keane
Producer
Jim Booth

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