Word on the street (and in my Facebook feed) is that Spotlight is one of the year’s best movies. I haven’t gone to see it yet, but it tells the story of Cardinal Law, the Boston cleric who hid child sex abuse scandals within the church. The film follows the team of Boston Globe journalists who brought them to light in 2001. Beth over at the Providence Daily Dose points out that the film is relevant for a number of reasons: it’s based locally, for one thing, and also the scandals aren’t over. Cardinal Law fled Boston in a fog of shame and retreated to the Vatican, where he presided until his retirement over the most magnificent of Rome’s four papal basilicas.
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