Abuse expert: Bishops must watch ‘Spotlight,’ learn reporting is key

It will be interesting to see what this movie does in the Oscars this Sunday.  It is nominated for awards…..RRice

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Every bishop and cardinal must watch the film “Spotlight,” so they realize reporting abuse — not silence — will save the church, said the Vatican’s former chief prosecutor of clerical sex abuse cases.

The film underlines the key problem of “omerta” or a code of silence, said Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna of Malta, according to the Italian daily La Repubblica Feb. 17.

“The movie shows how the instinct — that unfortunately was present in the church — to protect a reputation was completely wrong,” he said after a showing of the film in Valletta, Malta.

“All bishops and cardinals must see this film,” he said, “because they must understand that it is reporting that will save the church, not ‘omerta.'”

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