Monday, 4 January 2016

Watch "Spotlight" : Then Secret-keep if We Can

Spotlight. The movie now playing.

"The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core."

It's not just about the Roman Catholic Church. Nor is it just about Boston. It's about the secret-keeping about abuse as an institution to protect the image of, in this case, the Church rather than protect innocent children from predatory leaders.

It's sickening and heart-breaking. And I can't write much right now. I am reminded, though, of a quote in Prince Caspian, by C.S. Lewis. 

“You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve," said Aslan. "And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest emperor on earth. Be content.”

The fact that we are sinners - (and glorious creatures, as well) - does not excuse us as individuals or as an institution, from speaking truth and seeking justice for those who have been abused in the past by lay and clergy leaders in the church.

It's time. I think that's the meaning of kairos. 

And if I may be so bold, I believe it is what Jesus wants us to do.

1 comment:

  1. We just saw "Spotlight" and were astounded by the scope of abuse! And of course, it wasn't just the Roman Catholic Church. As John Dalberg-Acton said: Power corrupts & absolute power corrupts absolutely. We humans are frail beings indeed.