For The Editor Behind The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Investigation, Colorado’s Clergy Abuse Report Is ‘Eerily Similar’

It's a group no one wants to be a part of: communities scarred by abuse in Catholic Churches.

With the Attorney General's office's report, Colorado now has at least a partial accounting of child sexual abuse in the state’s three dioceses. The independent inquiry revealed that priests abused, at minimum, 166 children in Colorado over 70 years.

The Centennial State is far from the first community that has already been down this path.

A prominent one is Boston, where in 2002, the Boston Globe’s Spotlight investigation revealed widespread sexual abuse of children by priests in the Archdiocese of Boston and an ensuing cover-up by church leaders.

Walter Robinson led that coverage as the Spotlight team’s editor. The stories drew national attention and won the paper a Pulitzer. The 2015 movie about the reporting, “Spotlight,” won Oscars for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay.

When Robinson spoke to Colorado Matters, he said Colorado’s special report was “eerily similar” to inquiries in Massachusetts and other states.

Interview Highlights

On the Colorado special report's finding that "over 50% of Colorado’s clergy child sex abuse victims were abused after the relevant diocese was already aware these priests were abusers":

"The church decided that the reputation of the church and of the priest, was more important than the welfare of the children. And time and again, the church here, and in Boston and everywhere else, they moved priests around. They persuaded pare...

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