Opinion: Torn between faith and profession

Montrose Daily Press

Oct. 27, 2019

By Dennis Anderson

I’m a cradle Catholic.

I typically avoided movies concerning the Church. Hollywood doesn’t always portray Catholics and our faith in the best of light. When the movie “Spotlight” was released, I had zero interest in watching. “Spotlight” tells the story behind the Boston Globe’s investigative journalism team’s efforts to uncover the widespread of child sex abuse by priests in the Boston area. Subsequently they uncovered that the Church not only knew about these priests but made unbelievable efforts to conceal the epidemic. All told, there were more than 90 priests confirmed to have been involved.

The Globe’s investigation revealed that the Church, lawyers and some of the faithful went to great lengths to keep the accusations quiet. The team also exposed the fact that psychologists working with the church believed that these priests could be rehabilitated. Some were declared cured and sent back into parishes only to abuse again. One such priest was John J. Geoghan and since the mid-1990s more than 130 people have come forward with horrific tales of his abuse, according to the original Boston Globe article released in January of 2002. Geoghan was the early focus of the team because the church successfully had the court documents attached to his case sealed.

Released in 2015, the movie was critically acclaimed. Those involved in the movie raked in the awards in 2016 including the Academy Award of Best Picture. I’ll typically search out movies that are this lauded. I just wouldn’t budge on this one. Another shot fired at the faithful I richoceted in my mind. But I had no idea what the movie was about other than a scandal that I was personally in denial about.

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