Upon the recommendation and egging of my sister, I downloaded the movie Spotlight and watched it.
I must say... what a powerful movie about sexual abuse within the Catholic Church!
I do recall hearing accounts about events in Boston, it must have been through CNN and all I saw were snippets. That was quite a while back.
At the end of the movie, Manila and Cebu in the Philippines were among the list of places enumerated where there are accounts on record.
The movie itself I thought was phenomenal! The actors all showed how crucial reporting and journalism is. Investigation beyond the call of duty and perseverance!
I am catholic. I was truly touched by the accounts narrated in the movie. I feel for all victims of abuse, not just within the catholic church. it's beyond complex.
I thought about my mother who was traditionally catholic and who like many others that lived ordinary lives had their own difficult struggles too.
Depending on how one defines religion in their personal lives and journeys, it can be difficult to live by and live with. With all do respect to religion, it can make or break.
Not directly with God but everything else in between that leads one to God. That is, the Church, the Organization, the laws...
In the end, I believe it is important for me to have the kind of inner faith that links me directly to God. I may not be the kind of Catholic I am "supposed" to be.
But much as I sympathize with all the victims this movie has brought upon me, my next life will be with God or some higher form of being and not with the idolatry or dogma or some form of teaching that will tie me down or define me.