Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God (2012)
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.
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.
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.
There is something to be said for a clear and unblinking recitation of facts, and thankfully Mr. Gibney does a lot of that.
Gibney's most powerful film since the Oscar-winning 2007 Taxi to the Dark Side.
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 exposé, in which four deaf victims bring the church to account. Their testimonies are chilling.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
It's impossible to leave the cinema without hoping that the Papal resignation and the awful events explored here are not unrelated.
It's a lucid film everyone should see and the Vatican should answer for.
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.
[A] harrowing exposé 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.
A kind of unintentional leaving gift for the outgoing Pope Benedict, though it is not one he is likely to relish.
The film shocks you to the marrow, and every frame burns with a righteous fire, itself religious in its intensity.
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".
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.
Details the ways, in the face of devastating evidence, that the Catholic Church attempted to cover-up a priest's serial criminality.
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.More
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