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Spotlight: a movie that says more than its makers realize

By Phil Lawler ( bio - articles - email ) | Jan 08, 2016

"I'll be writing more about Spotlight soon," I promised early in December. And I did.

See my full-length review on the First Things site. 

Phil Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for more than 30 years. He has edited several Catholic magazines and written eight books. Founder of Catholic World News, he is the news director and lead analyst at See full bio.

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  • Posted by: unum - May. 31, 2016 7:35 PM ET USA

    It is clear that the Church is under attack. What really troubles me is that often the attackers come from withing the Church!

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jan. 08, 2016 4:49 PM ET USA

    From Phil's "First Things" review: "Similarly, in a quick bow to conventional wisdom, Spotlight assures viewers that sexual abuse has nothing to do with homosexuality." The statistics do not support that popular conclusion. Even a brief perusal of the so-called John Jay Report informs us that in excess of 75% of victims of predatory male clergy were male, with 70.8% of clergy offenders being "sexually deviant and characterized as homosexual pedophiles" (p. 181 of the report).

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Jan. 08, 2016 3:29 PM ET USA

    Just finished The Faithful Departed, and it was as sad as it was well-written. I'm not sure I'm up to watching a movie on the same topic.