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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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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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As much a horror film as it is a documentary
29 November 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

From acclaimed documentarian Alex Gibney, comes a potent examination of the history of sex abuse and paedophilia within the Catholic Church. Told through the eyes of victims, Gibney follows the murky trail of sex abuse from Wisconsin all the way up to the Vatican.

This is not for the faint hearted or easily disturbed. That we may understand the term 'documentary', speaks volumes of how successfully Gibney has reinvented the genre, creating something that is as much horror as it is non-fiction. We are plunged into the dark recesses of traumatic experience, and exposed to the sheer scope of institutionalised child molestation. Revelation after revelation, horror after horror, we witness very real and powerful emotion on screen, producing a 'documentary' that enthrals and terrifies.

The inclusion of Terry, Arthur and Gary, 3 victims integral to the first known case of protest against clerical sex abuse in the US, is a genuine masterstroke. This level of realism is perhaps expected of the documentary format, however, Gibney's overall production results in something much more effective. From confession-booth like interviews to complex animated graphics, Mea Maxima Culpa is educational yet highly creative. Aside from the cinematographic merits and qualities of story-telling, significant effort is made to defrock hidden truths of organised child molestation and the lengths taken to cover it up. The trail from the pulpits of Milwaukee to the highest echelons of the Vatican is made to seem more concrete than ever before.

Verdict: Expertly constructed and magnificently told, Mea disturbs ones very core. Gibney has exquisitely created an amalgam of documentary and horror with a profound respect to the stories of its protagonists. Prepare to be infuriated, terrified and astounded without rest. Essential viewing.


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