“Spotlight” a new film recounting the true story of how The Boston Globe revealed the cover-up of the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal early 2002 in the Archdiocese of Boston, won an Oscar with a Best Picture victory at the 88th Academy Awards on Saturday.
Michael Sugar, producer of the Oscar-winning drama, speaking from the stage when accepting the award said, “This film gave a voice to survivors, and this film also amplifies that voice, which we hope will become a choir that will resonate all the way to the Vatican.”
“Pope Francis he added, it’s time to protect the children and restore the faith.”
It was one of the two awards “Spotlight” took home. The film also won for Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer’s original screenplay.
Directed by Thomas McCarthy who co-wrote the script with Josh Singer, the movie takes its title, “Spotlight,” from the name of the investigative unit at the Globe that documented the abuse-coverup in the Archdiocese of Boston, which led to the the forced resignation of the powerful Cardinal Bernard Law in December 2003.
McCarthy said the movie had been made for “the journalists who have and continue to hold the powerful accountable”, as well as survivors of abuse “whose courage and will to overcome is really an inspiration”.
“We have to make sure this never happens again,” he added.
Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, who succeeded Cardinal Bernard F. Law after he shamefully resigned in 2003, says that the movie depicts “a very painful time” in the history of the church, when a series of reports forced the church “to deal with what was shameful and hidden.”
He further added, “The Archdiocese of Boston is fully and completely committed to zero tolerance concerning the abuse of minors. We follow a vigorous policy of reporting and disclosing information concerning allegations of abuse.” -BostonGlobe.com
One abuse survivor, Marie Collins, who is also a member of the Vatican’s Commission for the Protection of Minors, in a tweet wrote that she “delighted” to see Spotlight win the best picture award.
Given the sensitivity of the abuse and cover-up scandals, Pope Francis condemned the church’s manner of handling the abuse and apologized for the actions of the church in the past. He promised zero tolerance on this issue and also vowed that those responsible will face justice.