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2.15.2016

Spotlight

Spotlight tells the story of the Boston Globe team who researched and broke the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal in 2002.  The scandal, simply, involved Cardinal Law failing to prosecute sex offenders, and instead placing these priests in positions where they reoffended.  This Globe story acted as the catalyst for the revelation of thousands of similar Church scandals nation and worldwide. (which then caused the bankrupcy of numerous Archdiocese, Dioceses, and Religious Orders.)

The ostentatious revelation of this scandal recollects to Luke's Gospel passage; "Whatever you have said in the darkness will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered behind closed doors will be proclaimed on the housetops." (12:3)  The Catholic Church made every effort keep incidents of pediphile priests under the carpet.

Although the movie is excellent; acting, editing, directing, I wonder if the subject really needs, excuse the pun, to be in the spotlight.  Given its hyper attention over the past decade, the movie  feels a bit like, say, watching another movie that features the Holocaust.

And the movie seemed, well, a little cheesy, in that it focused so heavily on the Spotlight researcher's disillusionment with the Catholic Church (Spotlight is the investigative department of the Boston Globe).  In one scene the Mark Ruffalo character (a Spotlight researcher) stands at the back of a church watching a choir of school children while scales fall from his eyes.  Can't help but think, "Are you really so naive that you thought this place was entirely wholesome and credible?"  I wonder what these Spotlight researchers think about the US government or policemen.

The movie points out several times--at least five--that the Boston Globe editor, Michael Baron is a Jew.  The members of Spotlight also clarify their religious affiliations (all lapsed Catholics), but only once.  Baron not only told Spotlight to research the story, he additionally told them not to go after the individual pediphile Priests, but instead to focus their research and story on the Institution that repeatedly covered up the crimes.  Clearly, then, director Tom McCarthy's driving home the point that a righteous Jew is responsible for bringing down the fundamentally evil Church.  And yes, the movie also makes the point that the Church is fundamentally evil, or at least fundamentally flawed; one former priest states explicitly that the cause for the scandals is the Church's teaching on celibacy, and nothing else in the movie attempts to refute this claim.  (Kind of a speculative claim--do you think that these deviant priests, prone to seek sexual favors from little boys, would be A-ok if they were just able to have sex with an adult woman?)

Given this wince-inducing Jew-adulation, I just have to point out this article, which highlights flagrant episodes of pediphelia within Orthodox Jewish Communities.
http://forward.com/news/210213/hasidic-enclave-keeps-its-secrets-amid-elusive-reb/

I would further point out that this movie (and this goes back to the cheesy disillusionment aspect) makes no attempt whatsoever at nuance - in no way does it suggest that the Catholic Church, in addition to this heinous scandal, is also a force for good.

Perhaps this suggests McCarthy's utterly immature appreciation of the Church; since he's forced to reject the facade of the childlike-wholesome and innocent Church, he concludes that the entire Institution is fundamentally flawed.

This movie, undoubtedly, is a nail in the coffin of legalized practice of Catholicism.

And, given the merciless, leave-no-prisoners action that Baron took, and I cannot help but think that his actions confirm Brother Nathanael's conviction that the Jewry's objective is to eviscerate Christianity from the culture.  In once scene after having just made the obligatory new-editor visit to Cardinal Law, Baron opens the gift Law gave him - The Catechism of the Catholic Church - and we watch him wince and scheme as he handles the book.  Although Catholicism is fundamentally offensive to Jewish theology (Catholics, essentially, see their religion as the fulfillment of Judaism), this is really no reason to attempt to squash and subvert it.

And honestly, even if it's forced to go underground, Catholicism is here to stay.

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