BishopAccountability.org: Pope Francis Must Make 'Zero Tolerance' the Law of the Global Catholic Church

If you’ve seen the new film Spotlight, you’ll recall its stunning epilogue – the names of hundreds of cities and towns that scroll quickly, screen after screen. It is a list of the places where the Catholic abuse crisis has broken since 2002. The list is staggering in its length. A “devastating coda,” The New Yorker called it. My colleague Terry McKiernan was asked to create that list by Spotlight’s creators. They called on us because we’ve been monitoring and documenting this terrible crisis for 13 years. Because of our research, we know the particular stories of each city included in the list. We Read More …

BishopAccountability.org: Spotlight on the Archives

This blog entry is a brief guide to the documents, newspaper articles, and reports that are the basis of the movie Spotlight.  If you wonder what Mike Rezendes is reading in the cab, or what’s in Phil Saviano’s box of documents, or what editor Marty Baron means when he says, “You’ve all done some very good reporting here,” read on. The movie is the story of an article getting written: Church Allowed Abuse by Priest for Years, by Michael Rezendes, Boston Globe (1/6/02) It’s also about the fight to unseal some documents, and once those documents are unsealed, after the Read More …