Lifting the lid on Catholic clergy abuse: Boston Globe former editor

Radio New Zealand [Wellington, New Zealand]

August 14, 2023

It is 20 years since the Boston Globe exposed the abuse scandal that rocked the Catholic church world wide.

Two weeks ago The Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry’s released its interim report into Marylands School for disabled boys in Christchurch, finding widespread sexual and physical abuse of students between 1955 and 1984.

The Press newspaper in Christchurch began reporting on the horrors at Marylands School in 2002.

Martin Baron was the editor of the Boston Globe, and its award winning Spotlight investigative team which tenaciously uncovered widespread sexual abuse by priests, hushed up by the church paying private settlements to claimants.

The story was adapted for the big screen – Spotlight winning two academy awards.

He joins Susie Ferguson to talk about the impact of the Spotlight team’s work, two decades on.