Boston globe spotlight article 2002

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boston globe spotlight article 2002

Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church by The Boston Globe

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service

The story behind this groundbreaking book--one of the most significant works of investigative journalism since Woodward and Bernsteins reporting on Watergate--has been brought brilliantly to life on the screen in the major new movie Spotlight.


Here are the devastating revelations that triggered a crisis within the Catholic Church. Here is the truth about the scores of abusive priests who preyed upon innocent children and the cabal of senior Church officials who covered up their crimes. Here is the trail of hush money that the Catholic Church secretly paid to buy victims silence--deeds that left millions of the faithful in the U.S. and around the world shocked, angry, and confused. Here as well is a vivid account of the ongoing struggle, as Catholics confront their Church and call for sweeping change.
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January 9, 2002 - Boston Cardinal Law Press Conference Response to Globe Spotlight Report

Catholic Archdiocese of Boston sex abuse scandal

The Catholic Archdiocese of Boston sex abuse scandal was part of a series of Catholic Church sexual abuse cases in the United States that revealed widespread misdemeanors in the American Roman Catholic Church. In early , The Boston Globe published results of an investigation that led to the criminal prosecutions of five Roman Catholic priests and thrust the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy into the national spotlight. Subsequent investigations and allegations revealed a pattern of sexual abuse and cover-ups in a number of large dioceses across the United States. What had first appeared to be a few isolated cases of abuse became a nationwide scandal, then a global crisis, for the Roman Catholic Church. Ultimately, it became clear that priests and lay members of religious orders in the Catholic Church had sexually abused minors on a scale such that the accusations reached into the thousands over several decades. Although the majority of cases were reported to have occurred in the United States, victims have come forward in other nations such as Ireland, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. A major aggravating factor was the actions of Catholic bishops to keep these crimes secret and to reassign the accused to other parishes in positions where they had continued unsupervised contact with youth, thus allowing the abusers to continue their crimes.

For its courageous, comprehensive coverage of sexual abuse by priests, an effort that pierced secrecy, stirred local, national and international reaction and produced changes in the Roman Catholic Church. It was written by Rezendes. Since the mids, more than people have come forward with horrific childhood tales about how former priest John J. Geoghan allegedly fondled or raped them during a three-decade spree through a half-dozen Greater Boston parishes. Then came last July's disclosure that Cardinal Bernard F. Law knew about Geoghan's problems in , Law's first year in Boston, yet approved his transfer to St.

The release of the Pennsylvania grand jury's report on sexual abuse claims against over priests in six dioceses reminded people of an article released in by the Boston Globe's Spotlight team, which detailed decades of abuse within the Catholic Church in Boston. Despite the Pennsylvania grand jury's report being released 16 years later, the Boston Globe is referenced almost 20 times and in 12 cases, proving the impact of the Spotlight team's work. Below is a roundup of those references. In the case of Father Francis J. Fromholzer, who is accused of sexually abusing two students while working as a teacher at Allentown Central Catholic High School, the abuse is said to have occurred during a weekend trip to the Poconos. That hurt. It was confusing because - you were always told you were going to Hell if you let anybody touch you.

After ordination, a record of abuse

Read more from the Boston Globe report on the Catholic Church abuse crisis. It was written by Robinson. Under an extraordinary cloak of secrecy, the Archdiocese of Boston in the last 10 years has quietly settled child molestation claims against at least 70 priests, according to an investigation by the Globe Spotlight Team.

Read more from the Boston Globe report on the Catholic Church abuse crisis. It was written by Rezendes. Since the mids, more than people have come forward with horrific childhood tales about how former priest John J. Geoghan allegedly fondled or raped them during a three-decade spree through a half-dozen Greater Boston parishes. Almost always, his victims were grammar school boys. One was just 4 years old.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Lemashylo1997 says:

    Catholic Archdiocese of Boston sex abuse scandal - Wikipedia

  2. Heda T. says:

    I n June , Cardinal Bernard Law, archbishop of Boston , perhaps the most staunchly Catholic of all America's big cities, filed a routine court submission in response to a number of allegations contained in lawsuits brought against one of his former priests, Father John Geoghan.

  3. Aaron W. says:

    In the flow of life don t want to live forever

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