The documentary Procession examines sexual abuse by predatory Roman Catholic priests and their complicit enablers in a very profound way. It began streaming on Netflix today. The documentary “is a collaboration made with six men who work together to find the truth and healing they ought to have been afforded by the church.”

The critics’ consensus on Rotten Tomatoes is that the film is “[h]arrowing yet essential viewing,” and probes “the lasting legacy of trauma with heart-wrenching grace.” Grace that is ironically absent from the Catholic church’s response to victims of pedophile priests and its constant battle to keep statutes of limitations in place to deny victims recourse. The church affords victims nothing unless forced to do so. It is outrageous.

Outrageous and harrowing. The critics are right–it is difficult but essential viewing.

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