Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God (2012)
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In MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD, Oscar (R)-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney examines the abuse of power in the Catholic Church through the story of four courageous deaf men, who in the first known case of public protest, set out to expose the priest who abused them. Through their case the film follows a cover-up that winds its way from the row houses of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, through the bare ruined choirs of Ireland's churches, all the way to the highest office of the Vatican. (c) HBO … More
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Critic Reviews for Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God
The case has been widely reported but this is still an important film, laying out who knew what, and when. It's chilling: the conspiracy of silence goes all the way to the Vatican.
a carefully constructed observation of the facts and a withering condemnation of the behaviour of the Catholic Church.
Before you say you can't take another feature length documentary about sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests, know that Alex Gibney's examination of the subject is both fresh and revelatory.
A heartbreaking, brilliantly executed exposť, in which four deaf victims bring the church to account. Their testimonies are chilling.
Audience Reviews for Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God
I understand that documentaries surrounding this subject may seem like well worn territory, but honestly until the Catholic Church really starts to own up to what its done (and I promise you it has not) lets keep making these. I'm glad that Gibney address the fact that the pedophile Priests were aided and abetted by not just the Church leadership, but also by a public who refused to believe these allegations.
Mea Maxima Culpa is both horrifyingly distrubing and distressing. It is alarmingly creepy and upsettingly menacing. It is just as ominous and frightening as all good horror films should be ... only this one is not a fictitious monster/killer/slasher/predator flick. It is a documentary on the sad, troubling state of the Roman Catholic church following decades -- DECADES!!!! -- of cover-ups regarding childhood sexual abuse committed at/by the hands of ordained priests within the church worldwide. That the crimes were hushed-up and hidden are outrageous in-and-of-itself but by showing how high within the church/organization this scandal reaches should be obliterating. Informative but highly revolting -- it may bring upon nausea. Centering mostly upon a school for the deaf in Wisconsin and a lone priest who had his way with numerous young boys in the 1960's, MMC examines the extent of the cover-up and the devastating effects it and these heinous crimes had on various individuals who could not hear or seek outside help as their lone translator was oftentimes the very man guilty of molesting them in the first place. MMC also chronicles the churches loss-of-influence in Ireland after it also suffered from a scandalous plague of child abuse and an Irish population who wasn't as apt to forgive as many were in the states. The film is eye-opening and chilling. That Pope Benedict is complicit in much of the cover-ups makes one wonder if his resignation had anything to do with this timely release.
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