Cardinal O’Malley releases statement on ‘Spotlight’


By Dialynn Dwyer @dia_dwyer Staff | 10.29.15

Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley released a statement Thursday on Spotlight, the new film that chronicles the investigation by Boston Globe reporters into the systemic sexual abuse of children within the Roman Catholic Church.

In a letter to the editor to the archdiocesan newspaper The Pilot (republished in full below), O’Malley said the film depicts a painful time in the history of the Catholic Church that reporters helped bring to light:

The media’s investigative reporting on the abuse crisis instigated a call for the Church to take responsibility for its failings and to reform itself—to deal with what was shameful and hidden—and to make the commitment to put the protection of children first, ahead of all other interests.

O’Malley said the church continues to seek the forgiveness of those who were abused and said he has personally met with “hundreds of survivors” over the last 12 years, hearing their stories and “humbly seeking their pardon.”

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