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Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (2012)

TV-14  |   |  Documentary  |  16 November 2012 (USA)
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Alex Gibney explores the charged issue of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, following a trail from the first known protest against clerical sexual abuse in the United States and all the way to the Vatican.

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Himself - Narrator (voice)
Terry Kohut ...
Himself - St. John's School for the Deaf, 1960-1969
Gary Smith ...
Himself - St. John's School for the Deaf, 1954-1970
Pat Kuehn ...
Himself - St. John's School for the Deaf, 1969-1973
Arthur Budzinski ...
Himself - St. John's School for the Deaf, 1953-1964
Lawrence Murphy ...
Himself - priest, St. John's School for the Deaf, 1950-1974 (archive footage)
Richard Sipe ...
Himself - Former Benedictine Monk / Mental Health Counselor
Scott Kuehn ...
Himself (archive footage)
Angela Kuehn ...
Herself (archive footage)
Patrick Wall ...
Himself - Former Benedictine Monk (as Patrick J. Wall)
Bob Bolger ...
Himself - St. John's School for the Deaf (archive footage)
John Conway ...
Himself - Counselor for the Deaf
Jim Heydendahl ...
Himself - Senior Boys' Dorm Supervisor, 1972-1974
Geoffrey Robertson ...
Himself - Human Rights Lawyer (as Geoffrey Robertson QC)
Jeff Anderson ...
Himself - Attorney for Gary Smith & Terry Kohut
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Alex Gibney explores the charged issue of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, following a trail from the first known protest against clerical sexual abuse in the United States and all the way to the Vatican.

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The narration states "In 1929, a cardinal, soon to be Pope Pius XI, signed the Lateran Treaty with the Fascist government of Mussolini to create the Vatican State." Actually, in 1929, Pius XI was already pope, having been elected in 1922. See more »

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A repugnant story that must be told
23 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film does a fine job of documenting the groundbreaking, courageous and tenacious efforts of a group of deaf men to expose a pedophile priest who ran a school for deaf children and preyed on those children for many years.

The nature of the crimes and the pervasive lack of action by the catholic church to discipline the criminal priest and aid his victims is truly disgusting. Similar circumstances in Ireland are also reviewed where priests were well known to have abused children in their churches and yet they were never appropriately disciplined either by the church or turned over by the church to the civil authorities. It is extremely important that these heinous crimes and the institutional resistance in the church to deal with them are made known by films such as this one. The story of how these men who courageously pursued their search for justice prevailed despite tremendous church inaction and resistance is inspiring.

My only quibble with the film is when it uses contemporary dramatizations to give viewers a feeling for what it would have been like to have been a child in these environments. These are not so much dramatic re-enactments as brief glimpses very much at the periphery of the actual abuse. Still, I thought they were unnecessary as the testimony and documentary footage provided ample information and were more than enough to make my blood boil.

Do see this film and support it for the important work it does in exposing a very serious abuse of trust by an institution of tremendous power that still doggedly refuses to hold itself accountable for so many horrendous crimes.


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