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Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God; This is 40; Movie 43; F*ck for Forest; Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters; Broken City

In the wake of the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, film-maker Alex Gibney told the Hollywood Reporter that the unorthodox move (the first such resignation in six centuries) "seems to me inextricably linked to the sex-abuse crisis". Certainly, Gibney's harrowing documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012, Element, Exempt) cannot have made life in the Vatican comfortable, particularly since the investigation of the Catholic church's failure to act over a priest's abuse of young boys at St John's School for the Deaf in Milwaukee leads directly to the door of Cardinal Ratzinger.

Gibney's central accusation is that, as prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, Ratzinger knew much but did little, a pattern that seems to have existed for centuries within the Vatican, »

- Mark Kermode

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