Pulitzer winner Walter Robinson on Catholic Church’s paedophile cover-ups

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Walter Robinson has worked at The Boston Globe for more than 30 years, occupying various posts including that of head of the daily’s investigative unit, The Spotlight Team. In early 2002, Robinson and his colleagues exposed a massive scandal surrounding the Catholic Church and notably the Archdiocese of Boston, centred on active paedophile priests whose crimes were covered up by their hierarchy. The priests would be transferred to other parishes or even abroad, where they could continue their sexual abuse. The investigation by Robinson and his team won the Globe and its journalists the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, among others, and last year the investigation was the subject of the movie Spotlight (in which Robinson is played by Michael Keaton). He is now the paper’s editor-at-large.

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