[Editor's note: Mega-kudos to Fr. Robert Sirico, who brought this episode to our attention and to the public's attention through the popular celebrity web site TMZ.]
As Hollywood has fawned over the dishonest Spotlight film by awarding it this year's Best Picture prize at the Oscars, a little perspective may be in order.
Some thirteen years ago, on Sunday night, March 23, 2003 – as the Boston Globe was in its fifteenth straight month of reporting on sex abuse in the Catholic Church – Hollywood's Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences awarded an Oscar for Best Director to Roman Polanski for his work on a film called The Pianist.
In case you forgot, it was Polanski who fled to Europe 11 months after being charged with plying a 13-year-old girl with booze and drugs and then forcibly performing various sex acts on her.
Of course, Hollywood, the Boston Globe, and the rest of the media never want the public to forget about the abuse committed many decades ago by Catholic priests. However, when it comes to one of their own, Hollywood gives a child rapist its most coveted prize and then a thundering standing ovation. If you are a big shot Hollywood director, it is apparently "forgive and forget."