Directed by Tom McCarthy and starring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, and Stanley Tucci
Open Road Films, 2015, 129 minutes
Like most people I had off today (yeah!) so after cleaning out half of the garage I took my wife to see “Spotlight.”
This film depicts the Boston Globe’s 2001 investigation of the sexual abuse of children by pedophile priests in the Archdiocese of Boston and the cover-up by Cardinal Bernard Law and his underlings.
This is a very disturbing story that needs to be seen. Catholics are completely dependent on their priests and bishops for their spiritual welfare. Their faith is in an institution and its leadership rather than in Jesus Christ. The Catholic church concedes there were over 100,000 victims of pedophile priests in the U.S. alone. As if that was not bad enough, the powerful hierarchy manipulated the press and the justice system and just transferred the pedophile predators from one parish to the next.
What do we take away from this film? That all people, even the religious leaders that are put on pedestals by their followers, are depraved sinners without one single plea of their own. As God’s Word says, there is NONE righteous, no not one!!! – Romans 3:10
The wages of our sin is death and eternal judgment BUT God so loved us that He sent His Son to take our punishment. Whoever accepts Him, puts their faith in Him, will have all their sins washed away and have eternal life ONLY because of the perfect righteousness of their Savior. – John 3:16
The cast of this movie does a very nice job. The message is riveting and should be a flashing yellow light for all those who place their faith in institutions and sinful men.
For more information on salvation by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ alone see here.