This Life: A state of disgrace

Alex Gibney, the director of Mea Maxima Culpa, hopes Pope Benedict's resignation is a mechanism of protest, rather than just fatigue, writes Fiona Ness.

24th February, 2013
Alex Gibney: 'How is the Vatican to regain credibility?' Photo: Tony O'Shea

Amid the clucking and the chatter about the resignation of Pope Benedict and who will fill the vacated Vatican hotseat, Alex Gibney's voice stands out. "His resignation is the best thing about his papacy," says the US documentary maker. "Not only could the Church not go forward without it, it reminds us that being the Pope is just a *job*.

"That's the great gift Benedict has given to Catholics who believe: he stepped down. He's...

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