On 31 January 2002, The Boston Globe published a report that sent shockwaves around the world. Their findings, based on a six-month campaign by the 'Spotlight' investigative team, showed that hundreds of children in Boston had been abused by Catholic priests and that this horrific pattern of behaviour had been known - and ignored - by the Catholic Church.
Instead of protecting the community it was meant to serve, the Church exploited its powerful influence to protect itself from scandal - and innocent children paid the price.
©2002 The Investigative Staff of the Boston Globe (P)2015 Hachette Audio
"The fullest account to date of the egregious priestly and episcopal mistakes, sins and crimes that occurred at the epicenter of what almost became a national crisis." (The NewYork Times)
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Abuse of Power
Wasn't the most engaging narration.
Got to a point where I wanted to turn it off due to the subject matter but that's why it was allowed to happen, people not willing to see what was in front of them. Important piece of journalism though and hopefully that level of abuse doesn't happen again.
"Fascinating and Important"
The clear way the facts were set out and relayed.
It's not really a story - do not confuse it with the dramatisation that is the film Spotlight.
No. The performance was good, often describing unpleasant details dispassionately.
There IS a film of the book.
I've recently watched the movie. I was really wanting to read this book. Very well told, stunning investigation work. This book will leave you gasping at the sheer length the Catholic Church went to cover up these horrific crimes.
This is an incredible book, an indictment of an institution which failed so many people and also failed God. In parts making me want to be physically sick with the depravity of these people, not just the perpetrators but those who covered it up and basically facilitated the abuse for decades.
What stands out to me the mostly is how there was at no point any reference to the bible when the hierarchy were having their discussions. They seem to forget that they are supposed to be bringing people closer to God but they don't use the fundamental book of their teaching. It just goes to show that very few of them ever read it and none of them get an understanding of God's teachings. The sooner this bastion of false religion and evil falls the better.
Overall the story was well told, the reader did a good job of character voiceing but without it being frivolous.
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