Spotlight

Hola everyone.


Before I start, please note that this following post contains a lot of information about and from the movie “Spotlight” and could be seen as an anti-church post, so only continue at your own risk… Okay, I warned you.

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So, a few days ago my parents and me went to the cinema and watched the movie “Spotlight”, the Oscar movie of 2016. If you have read my Oscar post, you are probably already aware of the fact that I was a little obsessed with the movie, even though I hadn’t seen it until a few days ago. To be honest, I fell in love with it as soon as I had seen the trailer, which was like 4 months ago and I was just even more excited when it won the Oscar for best picture.

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I’m not sure if any of you know what the movie is all about, so I’ll just summarize it in short for you. The movie is based on the actual true story of the newspaper “The Boston Globe” and it’s department “Spotlight”, which is specialized on some sort of research detective-kind stories. And this exact department started an investigation into cases of widespread and systemic child sex abuse in Boston by numerous catholic priests. Which brings me to the movie, which is about the story how the journalists found out more and more about the abuses and about how a lot of people wanted them to stop and so on.

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In my opinion, the movie is breathtaking. And the topic is the same. From the first scene on I was caught up in this shocking story and I just wanted to see and know more and more. It was totally thrilling from the first second on until the last one. But I have to say, when the movie was over and I knew how cruel the so-called holy church can be and is, I couldn’t say a word. I was speechless. I remember my mum and me sitting there, our heads resting in our hands, noone of us saying one single word. I was so shocked.

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The truth is, nobody of our family is really religious. I mean, I believe in some kind of spirit. Let’s call it fate. And I believe in guardian angels. I somehow have the feeling that there is something or someone who looks after us and that all the things in our life happen because they have to happen. So there’s the fate again.

But I never believed in the church. A system that seems like some kind of widely accepted sect. These men who are seen as the connection to the holy spirit called god and which are loved and praised by most of the society.

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Personally, I never had a thing against priests or the pope or the church at all. I just never had the feeling that I needed to meet in an ice-cold building to be religious. But this movie changed me, although I’m sure that this is not the goal or the purpose of the movie. It just hit me so hard that it changed me and my opinion about the system church.

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According to the true statistics in the movie (I checked them), 6 percent of all priests all around the world get sexually involved with minors. Can you imagine how many priests that are? I googled it, in 2012, there were a total of 414.313 priests. That means that according to the statistics, about 24.858,78 priests all around the world could be sexually involved with minors. I don’t know what to tell you. Now that I see the number, I’m even more shocked than before. And the worst thing is that the church tries it’s hardest to conceal it and keep it from the society – at least it was that case in the Boston cases.

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So yeah, I don’t know what to think anymore. All I know is that I’m not very keen on visiting the church in the next few years. Or maybe ever again. I’m happy that there are journalists out there who won’t let anyone stop them from uncovering scandals like that one and that there are movies out there, that bring the story to parts and people from all over the world. This is truly something everyone should know about, seriously. Oh and just to mention, the actors in the movie are fantastic, I especially loved Mark Ruffalo, he’s amazing.

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If any of you have seen the movie or want to talk about anything, I’m here, always. And until then, as always, thanks for reading. x

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