Spoiler Alert (I will be writing about the movie, Spotlight, giving detailed accounts of the movie)
The 2015 dramatization, Spotlight is a factual story first brought to light by The Boston Globe in 2002 regarding the child sexual abuse cases committed by some of the Roman Catholic priests and nuns in Boston, MA. The film won the Best Picture Award at the 88th Academy Awards with flawless performances and brilliant direction.
The movie is a must see as justice has yet to be served. The Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporting by the Boston Globe brought to light the atrocities committed by an alarming number of priests and nuns for decades.
It was disclosed that members of the Catholic hierarchy deliberately covered up the sexual allegations and moved the offender to another parish; where the abuse more than likely continued. The Boston Globe uncovered close to 90 sexually abusive priests in the Boston area alone.
With this breaking story, came thousands of more allegations against Catholic priests and before long it was apparent that the cases were being covered up, and priests would be moved to another parish where they were able to prey upon additional victims.
From the Boston Globe’s coverage, five Roman Catholic priests; John Geoghan, James Talbot, Robert V. Gale, Paul Shanley and Jon Hanlon were all convicted and sent to prison. But, many guilty priests are still out there with nothing being done to bring them to justice.
Cardinal Bernard Francis Law played a huge role in covering up the sexual abuse allegations against the priests. He repeatedly moved Shanley and Geoghan from parish to parish. Shanley even advocated for the North American Man/Boy Love Association. The cardinal said his practice was to seek analysis of psychiatrists in “residential treatment centers” before he decided whether or not a priest accused of sexual misconduct was returned to the church.
Reports of sexual misconduct by priests in Boston was widespread, and dioceses across the nation began to investigate similar allegations. The situation exploded into a national Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal.
What began in 2002 is still not settled to this day (2015); with Pope Francis stating to US Bishops (the ones who moved the pedophile priests from parish to parish) that he was “conscious of the courage with which you have faced difficult moments in the recent history of the church in this country without fear of self-criticism and at the cost of mortification and great sacrifice.” He continued, “I realize how much the pain of recent years has weighed upon you, and I have supported your generous commitment to bring healing to victims — in the knowledge that in healing we too are healed — and to work to ensure that such crimes will never be repeated.” What was he ever thinking? Perhaps the annihilation of a very corrupt organization.
Scripture clearly states what happens to someone that harms a little child. Matt: 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
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