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‘Spotlight’ takes strong look at reporting behind clergy abuse scandal

Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo and Brian d'Arcy James star in a scene from the movie "Spotlight."  (CNS photo/Open Road Films)

NEW YORK — The clergy abuse-themed drama “Spotlight” (Open Road) is a movie no Catholic will want to see. Whether it’s a film many mature Catholics ought to see is a different question entirely. This hard-hitting journalism procedural — which inescapably invites comparison with 1976’s “All the President’s Men” — recounts the real-life events that…

Catholic leaders hope film prompts new look at church’s efforts on abuse

Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Brian d'Arcy James, Michael Keaton and John Slattery star in a scene from the movie "Spotlight," which chronicles the Boston Globe's uncovering of the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston in 2002. U.S. Catholic leaders, both ordained and lay, said in op-ed essays they hope the nationwide release of the movie will prompt a new look at the protocols to address sex abuse the church has had in place since 2002. (CNS photo/Open Road Films)

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — Catholic leaders, both ordained and lay, said in op-ed essays they welcomed the attention certain to be paid to the Catholic Church upon the nationwide release of the movie “Spotlight,” which chronicles the Boston Globe’s uncovering of the clergy sex abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston…