One of the biggest Oscar-bait movies coming this fall follows a team of reporters investigating a Catholic Church scandal in Massachusetts.

The film is “Spotlight,” and it’s based on the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning pursuit of pedophiles within the church.

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But Hollywood doesn’t need reality to portray Catholicism in an unflattering light — It routinely turns to fiction to bash the religion.

Pope Francis arrives on U.S. soil Tuesday, his first trip to a nation with an entertainment industry that cranks out product that puts his faith in an unflattering light. Pope Francis’ positions on climate change and income inequality have been warmly received by the liberal industry, but that doesn’t change its track record of dubious depictions.

Consider “The Da Vinci Code,” a film franchise based on Dan Brown’s best-selling books. The series portrays Jesus Christ as marrying Mary Magdalene and having children with her, in sharp contrast to what is stated in the Catholic faith.

The Showtime series “The Borgias,” which ran from 2011 to 2013, featured a womanizing, conniving pope played by Jeremy Irons.

The 2013 movie “Philomena” dramatically recreated the tale of Philomena Lee, a woman whose child was given up for adoption with the help of Catholic nuns. Those nuns went on to prevent Lee from knowing her child in any way, often in a cruel fashion, according to the film. The nuns involved in Lee’s case questioned the film’s accuracy while Bill Donohue, the president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, dubbed the movie “propaganda.”

Other films focusing on fact-inspired tales of crooked Catholics include “The Magdalene Sisters” (2002) and the 2006 documentary “Deliver Us from Evil.”

Priest figures often play negative roles in feature films, even in projects that don’t deal directly with faith:

  • “V for Vendetta” (2006): The anti-government thriller includes Bishop Anthony Lilliman (John Standing) as a pedophile priest who figures prominently in the tale.
  • “Doubt” (2008): We’re never told for sure if Father Brendan Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman) actually molested the student in question. The lad’s mom, however, insists Flynn’s actions toward her son have been far from positive.
  • The Last Exorcism” (2010): The main character is an evangelical minister who performs fraudulent exorcisms for a profit. Another character in the film, (spoiler alert), is a fellow man of the cloth in league with Satan.

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The recent wave of faith-based films provides a speed bump to Hollywood’s anti-Catholic trend, offering more positive images of spiritual people. Still, the image of an avuncular Pope Francis greeted by throngs of admirers may be a fresh image for those weaned on how Hollywood portrays members of his faith.