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
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Documentary , Special Interest
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Cast

Terry Kohut
as Terry Kohut
Gary Smith
as Gary Smith
Rembert Weakland
as Rembert Weakland
Pat Kuehn
as Pat Kuehn
Arthur Budzinski
as Arthur Budzinski
Jeff Anderson
as Jeff Anderson
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
Jamey Sheridan
as Jamey Sheridan, Terry
Chris Cooper
as Chris Cooper, Gary
Alex Gibney
as Narrator
Ethan Hawke
as Ethan Hawke, Pat
John Slattery
as Arthur, John Slattery
Brady Bryson
as Brady Bryson
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Critic Reviews for Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (15)

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.

Full Review… | February 13, 2013
Time Out
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It feels a bit like a monster movie. It is, too.

Full Review… | November 15, 2012
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.

Full Review… | November 15, 2012
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.

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

Full Review… | November 15, 2012
NPR
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Audience Reviews for Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God

½

Informative documentary, very interesting. But it could not hold my attention. I thought it was a boring film.

Dorianator Fournier
Dorianator Fournier

HBO is free this weekend. A horror film of reality, Mea Maxima Culpa, should be seen by everyone. Kudos to Alex Gibney for giving 4 deaf men a voice and educating the public about 2000 years of cover-up.

rose smith
rose smith
½

Compelling, dramatic cinema given weight by honest interviews with those involved in the subject matter. I watched this one evening while my friend slept in the bed next to me. I thought that there wouldn't be too much talking because the main victims of the events dramatized were deaf and thus communicated through sign language, in which I am fluent. But, instead of captions for viewers to understand them, there were narrators. It wasn't a hokey translation either, rather, taken very gravely and with much care. I was not disappointed with many aspects of this film. I would share and pass this on to my friends and family.

Abraham Steel
Abraham Steel

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