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Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God Reviews

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July 3, 2013
A documentary detailing the chilling, extensive and systematic hierarchical failure to protect those with and without a voice. While a number of documentaries have already covered this subject matter, every frame in Mea Maxima Culpa packs a punch and then some. A must watch for all, if only to recognise the shackles of a House (or indeed any organisation) with imperfect people.
June 30, 2013
disturbing and excellent documentary telling the story of the systematic abuse of young deaf boys in a catholic school in Wisconsin and uncovering the wealth of lies and secrecy in the catholic church.
It is a well told documentary. Heartbreakingly blunt in its frankness and chills you to the bone.
June 29, 2013
god bless the children, religion is th
February 14, 2013
It lacks cinematic clout, but Mea Maxima Culpa really opens your eyes, and will inspire anger in most.
June 17, 2013
Facinating documentary about abuse and the Catholic church and how the church hushed up alligations going back to the 60s.
The film starts in a church run school for the deaf where boys barely in into there teens where abused by the preist who was meant to look after them.
Director Alex Gibney allows the now grown up boys to vent there anger at the system that failed them and how despite many pleas little or nothing was done as preists were seen to be above all the laws as they were men of the cloth.
The film then moves its focus to the Vactican itself and how a preist close to pope John Paul the Second was a massive morphine addict and serial abuser of boys.
The Vactican is show to not bother or even cover up these allegations which spread through the church like a cancer causing many to challenge there own faith.
Gibneys film pulls no punches in its critcism of the chuch and Cardinal Ratzinger who of course became pope in 2005 and had been tasked with dealing with abuse cases.
The film shows how the church dragged it heels and even thought they could cure paedophile preists by sending them to specialist centres.
The church comes off in a very bad light indeed and the victims are brave and determined individuals who are determined to see justice served even if it means hiring lawyers to sue the church for failing them.
A film which will make you question your own faith and how men of god abuse that lofty position.
May 9, 2013
The perfect image of the catholic church is becoming harder and harder to maintain
May 5, 2013
A brilliant documentary that exposes the sexual abuse of deaf mute boys by Catholic priests in Milwaukee, USA and follows the trail of lies, deception and denial to the Pope himself. If this level of abuse had occurred in any company or public institution, the perpetrators would be in prison now and the institution closed down. This should be watched by as many people as possible - the abuse is sensitively handled - because this is a story that we all have a responsibility to be aware of. I was shocked by the widespread nature of the abuse, and by the total silence of the Church. To target deaf mute boys whose parents cannot 'sign' so that they cannot tell their parents is nothing short of inhuman. Alex Gibney deserves a huge amount of credit for writing and directing this movie. See it. Please.
April 30, 2013
A hard-hitting documentary about four deaf men who were molested by the same priest as children. The silenced demand to be heard, and be ready because their for voice is loud and powerful!
February 11, 2013
Another reason not to be part of this religious cult.
April 8, 2013
Gripping and likely to inspire anger at such wicked injustice
April 3, 2013
Powerful and compelling, this is not a film to enjoy but one to be educated by, Gibney's film inspires an inherent sense of rage and shows that at the vein of everything, money, power and heinous people are always to be found. It is a film many will not watch but it's one we all should!
April 6, 2013
Deaf pride for home viewing
April 6, 2013
Aihetta on käsitelty paljon mutta silti liian vähän!
April 2, 2013
Every conscientious Catholic, every Christian, and every concerned citizen needs to see MEA MAXIMA CULPA! Hold the pseudo-state, the Vatican, and the rest of the Roman hierarchy accountable!
March 25, 2013
Riveting subject: disgusting crimes, and an even more deplorable response by the Vatican. To think that popes have been complicit since the 1800s in the formation of a policy of silence regarding child sex abuse by priests is outrageous. And the church wonders why no one sends their children to parochial schools and centers. Thanks to the scandal, no parents today consider sending their children to nunneries and seminaries for fear of having them abused and worse, ingraining in them a system of sexual abuse.
March 22, 2013
Upsetting, is the right word
Jane J.
March 22, 2013
Stunning. Eschewing hyperbole, Gibney has allowed the subject matter to scream. In an age where the documentary maker aims to be as high-profile as the topic, this is refreshingly to the point. A gut-wrenching but compulsory piece of cinema.
March 19, 2013
Oscar winner! That says it all, trying to deflect the light that should be shining on the large-scale and unreported abuse that goes on in Hollywood and the so-called entertainment industry generally. We know that there has been abuse in the Catholic Church - but we don't seem to acknowledge the tsunami of abuse that is going on elsewhere.
February 6, 2013
A stunning documentary. Proof that the devil does exist . He's alive and well in the Vatican. Thankfully God exists too. He's alive and well in the people who have come forward in the face of true horror to share their stories. Truly terrifying.
Simon Mernagh
March 11, 2013
Child sexual assault. The rape of minors. Paedophilia. THE SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN. Why am I repeating this horrifying practice? Because by virtue of it being such a detestable, deplorable act it remains resolutely taboo and a sore topic of conversation for many, especially if the perpetrators belong to the beloved Catholic Church. However, films such as Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God are working to dismantle the silence surrounding these crimes against humanity by casting a not so divine light over what has hitherto been shushed and kept under the golden rugs of the Vatican.

Lawrence Murphy was a Catholic priest serving at the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A servant to his own paedophiliac urges rather than his holy order, the trusted and supposed 'moral guide' molested, raped and sexually assaulted scores of young deaf boys at a Catholic school for the deaf throughout the sixties. Directed by Alex Gibney (Client 9, Taxi to the Dark Side), several survivors of the abuse lay their heartfelt testimonies bare to the camera, and their efforts to oust the deranged priest are outlined. Knotty inner-workings of the Vatican combine with the victims' quest for justice, and the result is as riveting as it is heartbreaking.

A documentary is only as effective as its source material is reliable, and Mea Maxima Culpa (which translates as "through my most grievous fault") beyond succeeds in this department. Newspaper articles, witness testimonies and stock footage abound, but where this film truly excels is at the sheer amount of relevant faces which show up. Aside from the survivors, everyone from lawyers to journalists, disillusioned former clergymen to defenders of the faith and many more besides all make an appearance, and each one of them has an interesting point to make.

While any film dealing with such a sensitive topic could quite easily rely on pure emotion to hook the viewer in and whip them into a vitriol-fuelled church hating frenzy, but what this film rather cleverly does is it withholds labelling. It does not overtly brand the church 'despicable', 'shameful', 'borderline evil' or any other equally deserving term; rather, it lets the viewer decide for themselves. This avoidance of hyperbole is tactful on two levels: one, the audience's own reaction is more authentic in its outrage, and secondly it repels the notion of this being considered an 'anti-Catholic' movie. A more apt label would be a 'pro-facts' flick.

If any complaints are to be found with this movie, they surely stem from merely aesthetic grounds; distributors HBO Films are clearly an influence, as several moments feel very "Discovery Channel" in their presentation. Some have complained about the film lacking focus, that it meanders through abuse scandals in Dublin, Boston and Rome, and in turn loses sight of its original Milwaukee beginnings. However, I would argue that Gibney uses the early Wisconsin location as a springboard from which to bounce on to similar cases worldwide. The cover-ups are global, and as such this is a transcontinental issue.

Devastatingly poignant, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God is a damning condemnation of the Catholic Church, and specifically the authorities within the Vatican, regarding their refusal to bring blatant criminals to justice. How one could call themselves a supporter of the institution after watching this, I have no idea.
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