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Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany
Bishop Scharfenberger issues statement
on the movie Spotlight

The following is a statement by Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger of Albany regarding the movie Spotlight:

Because I have not yet had the opportunity to view Spotlight, I cannot comment on the specifics of this particular film. However, I can tell you unequivocally that anything that raises awareness of the crime of sexual abuse of minors and encourages transparency is a good thing. I certainly hope Spotlight will be a vehicle to communicate the truth and advance the dialogue regarding the protection of children. 

We need the facts, and we have to be watchful and vigilant at all times, which is why the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany actively works to protect children at every level through prompt reporting to and cooperation with law enforcement authorities, through clergy, employee and volunteer background checks and awareness training, and through age-appropriate child protection programs in our schools and parish faith formation classes. We had to learn some hard lessons from this painful chapter in the life of the Church, and because of that we have committed ourselves to creating and promoting standards that now serve as a model of what our society can and must do to protect all children


The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany encourages all victims/survivors to report any instance of sexual abuse against a minor to the appropriate civil authorities. You may also contact our diocesan Assistance Coordinator at assistance.coordinator@rcda.org.