• Spotlight: how the Church’s sex abuse was uncovered

    Between 2001 and 2002, the Boston Globe reporters Mike Rezendes, Matt Carroll, Sacha Pfeiffer and Walter Robinson, along with editor Ben Bradlee Jr., published a series of reports on the systematic sexual abuse of children in Catholic churches in Boston and Ireland — the Catholic Church did more than praying to prevent the truth from being known but even with god (and tons of money) on their side they couldn’t keep the journalists’ toughness from winning.

    Their research and remarkable bravery earned them the 2003 Pulitzer Prize.

    Now, the story behind the research and the Catholic efforts to cover up child molesters will hit cinemas in November. It’s entitled Spotlight.


    Among the highlights of the film there is its cast, which will feature renowned actors like Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, Mark Ruffalo and Michael Keaton.

    After the Church boycotted films such as The Crime of Father Amaro and The Golden Compass —a sort of atheist-Narnia—, presumably Spotlight faced similar obstacles but with better luck — at any rate the Church is so sure of its truth that it will do anything to prevent alternative views that challenge it to reach large audiences.

    Looks like we have an interesting movie to see in November. Mark your calendars!

    Curiously enough, Liev Schreiber stars the Ray Donovan series, in which one of its sub-plots (CAUTION, SPOILERS!) deals with the suffering of family members at the hands of a pederast Catholic priest, the consequences of abuse and seeking revenge.

    (via Hipertextual | image: Spotlight Trailer)

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    • Albert Cornelius Doyle

      How it was finally publicized, rather than how it was uncovered, is perhaps a more apt description. And The Globe’s team deserves their kudos and their Pulitzer, to be sure. Particularly in the most staunchly Catholic city in America. But they only went there once there was sufficient sociopolitical cover. EVERYBODY in metro Boston was aware of the burgeoning crisis since the late 1980s or so. I remember my very devout Irish Catholic mother quipping about a scandal in Dublin, where the Cardinal evidently had a mistress for many years, and had funded a fine living for her and their son in Manhattan for decades…this being in the mid-90s in Boston….”well, at least it was a grown-up, and a woman, unlike the priests here in Boston!” For sure the joke was circulating by the mid-1980s in Boston: “Q:how do you get a nun pregnant? A: Dress her up like an altar boy”. So I think none but the ostrich-heads-in-the-sand Catholics were the least bit surprised by the revelations — by that time they were dog-bites-man, so far as newsworthiness. The surprise was that any Boston organization would dare to publicly challenge the Almighty Archdiocese. Naturally the Vatican’s response was that Jews ran the media.