'Spotlight' on media, Catholic clergy sex abuse scandal

The clergy sex abuse scandal has, since 1950, reportedly cost the Catholic Church nearly $4 billion.  Even if we take into account some (many?) false accusations made against certain clergy and religious, it's still a depressing statistic. This Friday, the movie Spotlight, which focuses on the "beginnings" of the scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston, opens.  Interestingly, the movie has drawn praise from Vatican Radio.   I haven't seen it, and, quite frankly, I don't want to.  It may indeed be well-crafted, but I've spent several years covering various aspects of the scandal as a Catholic commentator.  I've paid my dues, so to speak, and don't want to spend any money to watch Hollywood's take on the subject.  That said, I won't ignore the controversy surrounding Spotlight. In addition to an analysis of the controversy by Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, Dave Pierre, founder of...(Read Full Post)

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