What is the real story behind the Boston scandal?

Projector was released in 2015 and became a huge hit, winning over critics and audiences alike. At the Oscars, the film won Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay, out of six nominations in total, including Best Director for Todd McCarthy and Best Supporting Actor/Actress for Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams, respectively. . Projector was co-written by McCarthy and Josh Singer, and tackles the subject of the Boston Globe’s ream of investigative reporting that exposed the widespread sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests.


The film is based on the real investigation of journalists from Boston, which took place over several years. Documents have been released over several years that have revealed the sinister behavior of the priests of the Archdiocese of Boston and, what is more, the active cover-up in which the institution participated to protect its clergy. Here’s a look at the real story behind ProjectorBoston scandal.

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Projector centers on Mary Baron of the Boston Globe, who assigns a team of reporters to investigate allegations against John Geoghan, a priest accused of molesting more than 80 boys. The investigation is led by Michael (Ruffalo), who obtained information by interviewing victims and unsealing documents. The team is on a mission to uncover the abuse that countless children face within the Roman Catholic Church.

The film was a huge hit and featured performances from Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, John Slattery and Stanley Tucci, with Brian d’Arcy James, Liev Schreiber and Billy Crudup in supporting roles. The movie won a big Oscar and brought attention to the subject based on a real case.

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The Boston Scandal

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The story is loosely based on the real Boston Catholic Archdiocese abuse scandal that received wide attention in 2002, when the Boston Globe published the results of an investigation that led to criminal charges against five Roman Catholic priests for sexual abuse of minors. The case encouraged many victims to come forward and many lawsuits followed to uncover the hidden abuses.

The Columbia Journalism Review (CJR) published a 22-page case study of the journalism involved in this series in 2009, which inspired the creation of Projector. One of the most aggravating aspects of the case has been attempts by the Roman Catholic Church to cover up these incidents. The investigation found the church covered up up to 250 cases of sexual abuse, and investigators said it was rage and the unfair nature of this that spurred the inquiries. The case inspired accountability from the church and encouraged individuals around the world to come forward.

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Some things depicted in Projector different from what happened in real life. In the film, for example, Pfieffer interviews an ex-priest Ronald H. Paquin, who openly admits to molesting young boys, noting how he “received no gratification” from it. In reality, the confessions were not released so quickly and unfolded over a series of interviews that took place over several months and featured input from other journalists.

The film was eventually criticized by the Church, with some characters stating that it misrepresented how the Church responded to the allegations, saying they edited this for dramatic effect. Boston College High School public affairs director Jack Dunn ended up accusing McCarthy of defamation due to the way he was portrayed in the movie, Regardless, Projector did a lot to raise awareness of the horrific scandal.

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