Pope's resignation 'linked to sex abuse crisis', says Mea Maxima Culpa director

Oscar-winning documentary maker Alex Gibney suggests Pope Benedict XVI's departure stems from recent sex scandals

Oscar-winning film-maker Alex Gibney, whose documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God details a small part of the current wave of accusations surrounding the Catholic church, has suggested that the Pope's resignation stems from the stain of recent sex scandals.

Gibney, whose film is out in the UK on Friday, told the Hollywood Reporter that the departure of Benedict XVI had brought great solace to people who had suffered abuse at the hands of priests. "His papacy will always be saddled with the stain of the sex abuse crisis," he said, adding that the resignation "seems to me inextricably linked to the sex abuse crisis".

Gibney's film, which screened in the Us on the HBO pay-tv channel last week, examines the case of five deaf men who were abused as boys
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