Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church by The Boston GlobeWinner of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service
The story behind this groundbreaking book--one of the most significant works of investigative journalism since Woodward and Bernsteins reporting on Watergate--has been brought brilliantly to life on the screen in the major new movie Spotlight.
Here are the devastating revelations that triggered a crisis within the Catholic Church. Here is the truth about the scores of abusive priests who preyed upon innocent children and the cabal of senior Church officials who covered up their crimes. Here is the trail of hush money that the Catholic Church secretly paid to buy victims silence--deeds that left millions of the faithful in the U.S. and around the world shocked, angry, and confused. Here as well is a vivid account of the ongoing struggle, as Catholics confront their Church and call for sweeping change.
Why The Catholic Church Continues To Cover Up Sex Abuse By Priests
Walter V. Robinson born January 13, is an American investigative reporter for The Boston Globe , where he has worked as reporter and editor for 34 years. Robinson led the Globe ' s coverage of the Roman Catholic clergy sexual abuse scandal , for which the newspaper won, and he personally accepted, the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The Pulitzer Board cited the staff's "well documented exposure, in print and online, of unscrupulous debt collectors, causing two firms to close and prompting action by state officials. In the s, Robinson interrupted his college studies to join the Army.
Law was the Archbishop of Boston from until his resignation on December 13, ,   in response to the Roman Catholic Church sex abuse scandal in his archdiocese. Church documents showed he had extensive knowledge of sexual abuse committed by dozens of Catholic priests within his archdiocese and had failed to remove them from the ministry. He resigned from this position upon reaching the age of 80 in November and died in Rome on December 20, , at the age of Virgin Islands. Benedict , Louisiana , from to , and theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Worthington , Ohio , from to Law was a civil rights activist. Charles Evers , activist and brother of murdered civil rights activist Medgar Evers , praised Law and said he acted "not for the Negro, but for justice and what is right.
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In , a team of reporters at the Boston Globe began investigating reports of child sexual abuse by Catholic priests. The "Spotlight" team, as it was known, eventually revealed that the abuse had been happening for decades — and that church leaders in Boston had been aware of it and had been involved in covering it up. Veteran reporter and editor Walter Robinson, who led the Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning Spotlight team, tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies: "These crimes were unimaginable, and that they could've been countenanced and enabled by such an iconic institution, it gave us so much energy to pursue the story and get the story and make it public. Now, the new film, Spotlight , chronicles the investigation that brought the scandal to light. Tom McCarthy, who co-wrote and directed the film, says he was immediately drawn to the story. It went well beyond the investigation itself," McCarthy says. McCarthy describes the battle between the Globe reporters and the leaders of the Catholic Church in Boston as a case of "Goliath versus Goliath.
Spotlight , American fact-based dramatic film , released in , that won two Academy Awards , including that for best picture. The movie chronicles the efforts of a team of Boston Globe journalists to bring to light the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests in Boston. Spotlight opens with a prologue set in a police station in Boston in in which a distraught mother is talked out of bringing sexual molestation charges against a priest, Father John Geoghan, and police officers are told not to discuss the incident. After reading an article in which a lawyer for people who were molested by Geoghan declares that the archbishop, Bernard Cardinal Law , had known for years that Geoghan molested children, Baron instructs Robinson to have the Spotlight unit follow up on the story. The reporters later talk with Phil Saviano Neal Huff , head of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests SNAP , who agrees to connect them with some victims and suggests that they talk with Richard Sipe Richard Jenkins [uncredited] , a former priest who worked at an institution for rehabilitation of pedophile priests. The team investigates doggedly, meeting with victims, priests, lawyers, and judges, all the while fighting to get documents from previous court settlements unsealed.
Sacha Pfeiffer born September 7, is an American Pulitzer Prize -winning investigative journalist and radio host. In November , she joined NPR as an investigations correspondent. Pfeiffer is known for her work with the Spotlight team run by The Boston Globe. Her father, a former state senator, is currently the city attorney for Columbus, Ohio, and her mother is a retired teacher. Her mother is of Lithuanian descent. Her grandmother was Alice Preskenis, a devout Catholic ,  and a lifelong resident of South Boston who spent 40 years working at Pober's Clothing Store,  and specialized in dressing children. She left Ohio for college, moving to Boston.