April 05, 2005

Church abuse play wins Pulitzer

BBC News

A play about child abuse in the Roman Catholic Church has been awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Doubt, by Oscar-winning writer John Patrick Shanley, won the prize just two days after the death of the Pope.

The play is about a priest accused of molesting a boy. It comes after a damaging scandal in the US Catholic Church that implicated 4,000 priests.

In other Pulitzer awards, Marilynne Robinson won the fiction prize and Ted Kooser picked up the poetry accolade.

Mr Shanley won an Academy Award for writing the screenplay for Moonstruck, starring Cher, in 1988.

Posted by kshaw at April 5, 2005 08:11 AM