Bulletproof Solid Journalism ...
Posted February 25th, 2016
As I am writing this, I am positive that a few of you will agree, others will say I am a lunatic and sinner, and, others will, well, be in silence.
To be perfectly honest, it is the silent ones that perturb, confuse and worry me. Because it is the majority that has stopped thinking, because this indifference is the denial of human beings.
We all know that the Catholic Church has been sacred and untouchable regarding certain scandals, stories and coverups, at least until NOW.
I am not here to write negative thoughts concerning Pope Francis and the Catholic Church but some facts are incontrovertible and we cannot ignore them.
Scandals have been happening for centuries, each and every day, in people's homes all over the world, so, don't get me wrong.
In 2014, after rumours emerged that Josef Wesokowski had sexually molested young boys, he was quietly removed from Santo Domingo, and was sent back to Poland, where he is also wanted for child abuse.
Instead of being extradited to Santo Domingo, this Archbishop, has been treated with kid gloves by Pope Francis, when he was scandalously brought him back to Rome.
I don't care if he is a highly respected Ambassador to the Catholic Church. He, along with many other priests, are quietly being moved left and right, and, are mentally and physically destroying young children.
A new movie, "Spotlight" is slowly but surely, going to cause a stir. Oscar, are you reading me?!
There are those who refuse to see it. Those who have and pretend they haven't. And those who laugh it off. Well the latter are in for a treat, since it IS "bulletproof".
It is also solid journalism.
Why aren't there more journalists similar to these?! I know that there are a few out there. It's hard to believe that there are in Italy, where the mainstream information is totally unreliable.
I read at times, certain "ballsy" writers, who don't give a damn what anyone thinks. But there are only a few, worldwide. These are people I truly look up to, especially when writing about uneasy and disturbing subjects.
The investigative team at The Boston Globe newspaper, uncovered a wide-spread "coverup" within the Vatican.
Predatory priests were simply removed from one diocese, sent to a treatment centre and quietly reintegrated into another parish "where the abuse would continue".
If only in Boston, 6% of priests are paedophiles, I can't even imagine what the number is worldwide.
This is heartbreaking because "they found out about it and allowed it to happen elsewhere".
I can't help but notice that during the "Spotlight" team's determination, mistakes were made and details were overlooked. As Tom McCarthy, the director of the movie says, "Reporters are always talking about walking around in the dark, looking for that one certain thing. They were a high level group of professional journalists with amazing results, but they missed certain things along the way".
Human error is one thing but "Spotlight" focuses on a much darker area. What took so long? Why do people know, but don't act?
This isn't just about the Catholic Church and the subject matter, but about us. What happened in Boston happened all over the world. Why do people turn a blind eye?
Pope Francis formed the Vatican's Pontefical Commission for the Protection of Minors, developing programmes to help bishops deal with sexual abuse cases.
Certainly the problem has not gone away. Three American bishops were removed from their posts in 2015.
I'm sceptical. From now on, no more announcements, but facts from the Catholic Church.
This has been going on for a long time and will take a long time to clean up. Thanks to "Spotlight" that strenuous road has been impressively illuminated".