“Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, and Rachel McAdams lead a critically acclaimed cast in this gripping true story about the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation that uncovered a scandal that rocked one of the world’s oldest and most trusted institutions. Delving into allegations of child abuse within the local Catholic Archdiocese, a tenacious team of Boston Globe reporters exposes a decades-long cover-up that reaches the highest levels of Boston’s religious, legal, and government establishment.” (Universal)
Recently a friend gave us a dvd player. Quickly I bought a copy of Spotlight, the only movie I’ve wanted to see for a long time. “Spotlight” refers to the Globe Spotlight Team, and this is the story of one of their most significant projects.
Obviously the subject limits the audience and I wouldn’t watch it with a mixed gender group. It’s not that scenes are explicit but that victims relate accounts of their abuse. Just a heads-up for anyone who intends to watch it, because it is worth watching. For it shows the work that due-diligence necessitates as well as the fight that breaking a story like this can entail. It also reveals the dedication of the team and the compassion of many who fought to make the truth known and to obtain some justice for the victims. Christians who want to be informed in order to pray may benefit from watching it.
Because of the subject matter, the exposure of abuse and its deliberate coverup, the movie was engrossing. But because of that same subject matter a lot of the drama of journalistic discoveries and the win against the powerful archdiocese and other powers that be was lost – we know how things turned out, Cardinal Archbishop Bernard F. Law resigned. One of my favorite aspects of the movie is watching how Archbishop Law is foiled when the new Editor of the Globe – an outsider who can’t be managed – maintains his allegiance to the standards of his profession instead of to the city of Boston.
Spotlight demonstrates once more that child abuse and coverup are endemic in the Catholic Church. Tragically, the same treachery against the innocent happens in Evangelical and Protestant churches, where the true Gospel is preached and ministers can marry. Exposure of the tragedy in the RCC is part of what will help bring it down, I believe, and help people leave it. God help those who do leave, to come to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ! Exposure of abuse in Biblical Churches compels us to pray and remain vigilant and humble. Sin happens everywhere, but especially in the institution that self-styles itself as “Holy Mother Church.”
18 At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”
2 Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, 3 and said,“Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.
6 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea. 7 Woe to the world because of offenses! For offenses must come, but woe to that man by whom the offense comes!
8 “If your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life lame or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet, to be cast into the everlasting fire. 9 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you. It is better for you to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes, to be cast into hell fire.
10 “Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven. 11 For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.
12 “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? 13 And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. 14 Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.
15 “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. 16 But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’ 17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.
By Michael Paulson GLOBE STAFF DECEMBER 14, 2002
“Note: This article is from the Globe’s original online special section on the Spotlight investigation into clergy sex abuse.”
OCTOBER 13, 2015