The Universe and Me

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

The world is going to put you under the spotlight

Movie: Spotlight. 2016 Academy Award winner for Best Picture. Before viewing, I was concerned this would be cringe-worthy due to the subject matter but they avoided showing personal experiences in favor of focusing on the journalism involved. As in: discovering a news story, investigating it, finding leads, corroborating evidence, gathering facts. How a story develops from idea to publishing. Underlying that was the theme of the power of the Catholic Church. Priests revered to the point of deification, their thoughtlessly breaking sacred vows and laws, the church's decades or longer systematic cover up, and what seemed like a nonchalant attitude of oh well, these things happen. Unanswered may have been questions like: What leads anyone to this? and If priests were allowed to marry, would these crimes nearly stop?


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