The Vatican daily, L’Osservatore Romano, described the movie which won the Oscar for the best picture, Spotlight, as a brave movie which is not anti-Catholic. There were two articles in the newspaper commenting on the Oscars.
Historian and journalist, Lucetta Scaraffia had written an article in an op-ed titled, “It is not an anti-Catholic film.” He writes in it that, Spotlight “is not anti-Catholic, as has been written, because it manages to voice the shock and profound pain of the faithful confronting the discovery of these horrendous realities.”
The film “does not delve into the long and tenacious battle that Joseph Ratzinger, as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and as Pope, undertook against pedophilia in the Church,” said Scaraffia. Adding to it he said, “one film cannot tell all, and the difficulties that Ratzinger met with do not but confirm the film’s theme, which is that too often ecclesiastical institutions have not known how to react with the necessary determination in the face of these crimes.”
Scaraffia commented in the article that “the fact that a call arose from the Oscar ceremony – that Pope Francis fight this scourge – should be seen as a positive sign: there is still trust in the institution, there is trust in a Pope who is continuing the cleaning begun by his predecessor, then still a cardinal. There is still trust in a faith that has at its heart the defense of victims, the protection of the innocent.”
Emilio Ranzato, the movie reviewer of the same daily had written that Spotlight “is not an anti-Catholic film because Catholicism in itself is not even mentioned.”
“It runs the risk of being against the Church because it tends to generalize; but generalizations are inevitable when stories have to be told in just two hours,” Ranzato writes.
The movie “without doubt is a film with the courage of denouncing cases that need to be condemned without hesitation. And it does it in a detailed manner, grounded in an investigation that is both serious and credible.”
He concluded by writing that “a film like ‘All the President’s men’ remains distant, but McCarthy’s instead is a good work, done in a very non Hollywood-style.”