Vatican Responds to Best Picture Winner ‘Spotlight,’ Which Is About the Investigation Into Child Sex Abuse by Catholic Priests

Mar 1, 2016  •  Post A Comment

The Vatican had plenty to say about “Spotlight” after the movie won Best Picture at Sunday’s Academy Awards. A day after the movie, which focuses on the Boston Globe’s 2002 investigation into child sexual abuse by Catholic priests, won the Oscars’ big prize, the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano ran two articles in its afternoon editions about the Academy Awards and “Spotlight.”

The newspaper praised the film and argued that it’s not an anti-Catholic movie, the AP reports. “L’Osservatore quoted producer Michael Sugar’s acceptance speech — ‘Pope Francis, it’s time to protect the children and restore the faith’ — saying even his appeal was positive,” the AP reports.

The AP quotes a story by L’Osservatore columnist Lucetta Scaraffia, who wrote: “It means there’s still faith in the institution, there’s faith in a pope who is continuing the cleanup started by his predecessor as cardinal. And there’s still trust in a faith that has at its heart the defense of victims and the protection of innocents.”

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