Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God


Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God

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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


Alex Gibney
as Narrator
Terry Kohut
as Terry Kohut
Rembert Weakland
as Rembert Weakland
Pat Kuehn
as Pat Kuehn
Arthur Budzinski
as Arthur Budzinski
Thomas Doyle
as Thomas Doyle
Richard Sipe
as Richard Sipe
Patrick Wall
as Patrick Wall
Geoffrey Robertson
as Geoffrey Robertson
Laurie Goodstein
as Laurie Goodstein
Jason Berry
as Jason Berry
Robert "Spike" Mickens
as Robert "Spike" Mickens
Marco Politi
as Marco Politi
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Critic Reviews for Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (1)

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

    Feb 14, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Xan Brooks

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Feb 14, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • It feels a bit like a monster movie. It is, too.

    Nov 16, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 16, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Nov 15, 2012 | Full Review…
  • There is something to be said for a clear and unblinking recitation of facts, and thankfully Mr. Gibney does a lot of that.

    Nov 15, 2012 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God

  • Feb 20, 2013
    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.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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