Marty Baron Clerical Abuse
Marty Baron, editor of The Boston Globe when the newspaper exposed the Catholic hierarchy’s systemic coverup of sexual abuse of children by clergy, retired from journalism at the end of February. Catholics owe him a debt of gratitude. He told us the truth.
Mr. Baron spent his final working years at The Washington Post after a half-century career in which he served at several of the nation’s premier newspapers, including the Miami Herald, the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. But he will be best remembered for launching the Globe’s clergy sex abuse investigation, which won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, journalism’s highest honor. An outsider in parochial Boston not beholden to ties of kin and culture that hobbled others, he greenlighted an expensive and difficult investigation.