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Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God (2012)



Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 15
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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)


Documentary, Special Interest

Alex Gibney

Oct 7, 2013

Independent Pictures

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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.

February 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It feels a bit like a monster movie. It is, too.

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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In the end, decades of such crimes going undetected and undeterred under the aegis of one employer - any employer - speaks for itself. And the extraordinary perseverance and courage of the men from St. John's speaks louder still.

November 16, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Partly an inspiring saga of growing "deaf power" and human resilience, and partly a murky and fragmentary drama about an immense, closed-minded bureaucracy with paranoid and conspiratorial tendencies that finds itself unable to adjust to the modern world.

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source:
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There is something to be said for a clear and unblinking recitation of facts, and thankfully Mr. Gibney does a lot of that.

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Gibney's most powerful film since the Oscar-winning 2007 Taxi to the Dark Side.

November 15, 2012 Full Review Source: NPR
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a carefully constructed observation of the facts and a withering condemnation of the behaviour of the Catholic Church.

April 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Screenwize

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.

March 28, 2013 Full Review Source: ABC Radio (Australia)
ABC Radio (Australia)

Gibney tracks a disgraceful cover-up within the Catholic church.

March 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Scotsman

A heartbreaking, brilliantly executed exposť, in which four deaf victims bring the church to account. Their testimonies are chilling.

March 24, 2013 Full Review Source: The Sunday Age

Alex Gibney isn't casting the first stone at the Vatican with his documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God. But, God willing, it will be the most effective in shattering their narrative of blissful ignorance.

March 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix

Tragedy that sticks to your bones -- a gut-punch look at the Catholic Church child sex abuse scandal as filtered through the experiential prism of a group of victims from a single Midwestern school for the deaf.

March 20, 2013 Full Review Source:

With meticulous care and intricate detail, Silence In The House of God deconstructs the nature of the Catholic Church's systematic cover ups of pedophilia among their clergy, stretching back well into the past century

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

It is ironic that the raised voices of a small group of deaf boys from Milwaukee, Wisconsin are loud enough to threaten the code of silence over child molestation accusations in the Catholic Church

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

It's not one documentary that you'd care to endure on repeat viewings but it's a necessary investigation into the paedophilic petri dish that the Catholic Church allowed itself to become.

March 6, 2013 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

It's impossible to leave the cinema without hoping that the Papal resignation and the awful events explored here are not unrelated.

February 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

It's a lucid film everyone should see and the Vatican should answer for.

February 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

There's a reason this expertly shot and edited documentary is skimming under the radar: no one wants you to see it. The hugely skilled Gibney is taking on the world's biggest corporation, the Vatican.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source:

[A] harrowing exposť of child abuse within the Roman Catholic Church, which reveals the extent the Vatican has been actively involved in covering up crimes committed by priests.

February 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

A kind of unintentional leaving gift for the outgoing Pope Benedict, though it is not one he is likely to relish.

February 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

The film shocks you to the marrow, and every frame burns with a righteous fire, itself religious in its intensity.

February 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

This is a tremendous documentary: at once cool and scalding, outraged and meticulous; a must-see for everyone, both inside and outside the "House of God".

February 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Impressively directed and thoroughly researched, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God is a powerful and deeply upsetting documentary that demands to be seen.

February 14, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Details the ways, in the face of devastating evidence, that the Catholic Church attempted to cover-up a priest's serial criminality.

February 12, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

If you thought that Amy Berg's Deliver Us from Evil had extracted every last word on the issue of child abuse in the Catholic Church, Alex Gibney proves with his new film that there's still plenty left to be infuriated about.

February 11, 2013 Full Review Source: What Culture
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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.
February 20, 2013
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