Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church: The findings of the investigation that inspired the major motion picture Spotlight

Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church: The findings of the investigation that inspired the major motion picture Spotlight

by Boston Globe Investigative Staff


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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service

The story behind this groundbreaking book—one of the most significant works of investigative journalism since Woodward and Bernstein's reporting on Watergate—has been brought brilliantly to life on the screen in the major new movie Spotlight, winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Here are the devastating revelations that triggered a crisis within the Catholic Church. Here is the truth about the scores of abusive priests who preyed upon innocent children and the cabal of senior Church officials who covered up their crimes. Here is the trail of "hush money" that the Catholic Church secretly paid to buy victims' silence—deeds that left millions of the faithful in the U.S. and around the world shocked, angry, and confused. Here as well is a vivid account of the ongoing struggle, as Catholics confront their Church and call for sweeping change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316271530
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 604,095
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

The investigative staff of the Boston Globe received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003 for its reporting on the crisis in the Catholic Church. The book was written by Boston Globe reporters Matt Carroll, Kevin Cullen, Thomas Farragher, Stephen Kurkjian, Michael Paulson, Sacha Pfeiffer, Michael Rezendes, and Walter V. Robinson.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Introduction 3

1 Father Geoghan 15

2 Cover-Up 35

3 The Predators 58

4 The Victims 82

5 Explosion 102

6 The Decline of Deference 123

7 His Eminence 145

8 Sex and the Church 168

9 The Struggle for Change 187

Afterword 209

Appendix: The Documents 221

Notes 267

Acknowledgments 281

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Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Pulitzer Prize is awaiting the 'Boston Globe' and its investigative reporters who assiduously pursued the sex abuse story of Boston area Catholic priests. Their excellent compilation of information published as 'Betrayal' is a necessary read for all who want to root out child abuse in our society, for all believing people wo love the church, and for all who are seeking to reform the church according to Vactican II. The chapter 'His Eminence' is the best information available on the secrative bishop of Boston, but it fails to tell what happened in Law's life at Harvard in the early 1950s that moved him to pursue the priesthood. Was it the fanatical preaching of the Catholic chaplain at Harvard, Leonard Feeney? How did Law relate to his roommates and the general Harvard environment? Law is almost unique among the Catholic hierarchy in never getting an advanced degree in any discipline. As Ben Bradley Jr., the duputy managing editor at the 'Globe,' wrote in his foreward '... the story is still unfording, and will likely take years before all the facts are known....' The reporters should now follow the evidence of 'sex rings' among the Boston clergy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To any who have wondered how the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church was allowed to mushroom into such huge proportions, this is a must read. This explains details of the secrecy and coverup, which in many ways make the actions of the individual priests pale in comparison to the gravities of the offenses committed by the heirarchy that leads the church.
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Overall a really good read. In light of recent reports of abuse in Pittsburgh, this is even more relevant.
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