• by The Investigative Staff of the Boston Globe
  • Narrated by Paul Boehmer
  • 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On 31 January 2002, The Boston Globe published a report that sent shockwaves around the world. Their findings, based on a six-month campaign by the 'Spotlight' investigative team, showed that hundreds of children in Boston had been abused by Catholic priests and that this horrific pattern of behaviour had been known - and ignored - by the Catholic Church.
Instead of protecting the community it was meant to serve, the Church exploited its powerful influence to protect itself from scandal - and innocent children paid the price.


What the Critics Say

"The fullest account to date of the egregious priestly and episcopal mistakes, sins and crimes that occurred at the epicenter of what almost became a national crisis." (The NewYork Times)


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Customer Reviews

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Shocking but a bit dull

The material is as shocking and compelling as expected. What's lacking is a coherent narrative. If you want the facts, this is great but don't expect to be engaged by the sorry of how all this came to light. Narration is ok.
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- M. Griffiths

How could they ignore this

I found this book amazing, to listen to how the Catholic church knew and covered up for in some cases 3 decades of sexual abuse on children by its priests by moving them around parish to parish once a complaint had been made by a parent to the church.
Sending priests that had molested children to so called treatment centres run by the church and then put them back into parishes with access to more children when they were quote "cured and unlikely to do it again" then did.
Buying families off rather than removing the abusive priests so allowing the abuse to continue in other areas.
The Boston Globe did an outstanding job in exposing this scandal and the bravery of the abused in coming forward and telling their traumatic stories to bring their abusers to justice.
I find it hard to understand how a church can become the 3 wise monkeys by seeing no evil, hearing no evil and speaking no evil when the evidence was all in their hands.
I will never understand their failure to protect the children within their care.
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- Mrs. T. L. Brown

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-02-2016
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audio