“When you’re a poor kid from a poor family and a priest pays attention to you, it’s a big deal. How do you say no to God?”
That’s the trap door that thousands of children—young boys mostly, but plenty of girls, too—fell down through over only-God-knows-how-many years, centuries, even, of sexual abuse by Catholic priests, a particular historical epoch of which has been captured so stirringly in the movie Spotlight, currently in theaters.
The question posed above comes from one of the priest’s victims who operates a survivor’s support network that has long been mostly ignored by the media.
The movie follows an investigative journalism team for the Boston Globe that in 2002 pursues an appalling story of widespread sexual abuse by Boston-area priests...Read More