Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Spotlight Still Shining

The only problem with the film Spotlight, winner of Best Film at the 2016 Oscars, is that it never ends.

Today's news from Loretto, Pennsylvania, is evidence of the continuing investigation.

The film's actual plot ends with victory for news reporters who pursued the Archdiocese in Boston, but afterward the film scrolls through events since 2002 in the worldwide pursuit of priests who engaged in sexual abuse of children and bishops who covered up and prevented investigation.

A final note encourages filmgoers to support ongoing investigation and legal actions against perpetrators.

In western Pennsylvania, that investigation is now bearing fruit.  See the report by Laurie Goodstein in today's New York Times:

Women and men like Maureen Powers are coming forth with reports of sexual abuse they endured as children.  A grand jury report in March naming 50 church officials involved in covering up abuse gave her the courage to come forward.  

More than 250 abuse survivors have called a hotline set up by Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane.  

Bishop Mark L. Bartchak of Altoona-Johnstown ordered all portraits and banners honoring recent bishops to be taken down from the Altoona cathedral because his two predecessors are charged with having allowed known abusers to continue to have access to children.

Maureen Powers, now 67, said she had been abused for two years by the time she was 12 years old.

State Representative Mark Rozzi, 44 years old, "is haunted by memories of being raped by a priest in middle school," according to the article.

Thank you to Attorney General Kane, the grand jury, Laurie Goodstein, and all the brave survivors now coming forth to reveal truth and claim justice.

The spotlight continues to search dark corners of the world.

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