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Vatican media praises 'Spotlight' as giving voice to victims

Vatican media praises 'Spotlight' as giving voice to victims

Producers Nicole Rocklin and Blye Pagon Faust hold their awards for Best Picture for "Spotlight" as they arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California February 29, 2016. "And there's still trust in a faith that has at its heart the defense of victims and the protection of innocents", said the piece by Lucetta Scaraffia, one of L'Osservatore's main columnists and the editor of its monthly edition on women's issues.

Vatican Radio also praised "Spotlight" as a "rigorous and authentic" reconstruction.

While children are vulnerable to abuse in many other places, like in the family, school or sports teams, it said, "it is now clear that too many in the Church were more anxious about the image of the institution than the seriousness of the act".

"Spotlight", starring Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams and Mark Ruffalo, covers the Globe's work to uncover how dozens of priests in the Archdiocese of Boston had molested and raped children for decades while church higher-ups covered it up and shuffled abusive priests from parish to parish.

Catholic leaders can not think clerical sexual abuse will go away if they don't talk about it, Father Zollner said.

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"Mad Max: Fury Road may have won more honors at the 88th Academy Awards, leading all films with six".

She said the film wasn't anti-Catholic "because it manages to give voice to the shock and profound pain of the faithful when confronted with discovery of this awful reality". "And this film amplifies that voice, which we hope will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican".

"Pope Francis, it's time to protect the children and restore the faith", he said.

The Oscar honor came as the most astounding positioning Vatican authority to affirm on Catholic Church misuse tended to Australia's Royal Commission examining misuse of youngsters there.

"But when the last award of the evening was read, it was the little film about Boston Globe investigative reporters digging into a sex abuse scandal involving Catholic priests that was left standing".


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