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

TV-14 | | Documentary | 16 November 2012 (USA)
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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Gibney ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Terry Kohut Terry Kohut ... Himself - St. John's School for the Deaf, 1960-1969
Gary Smith Gary Smith ... Himself - St. John's School for the Deaf, 1954-1970
Pat Kuehn Pat Kuehn ... Himself - St. John's School for the Deaf, 1969-1973
Arthur Budzinski Arthur Budzinski ... Himself - St. John's School for the Deaf, 1953-1964
Lawrence Murphy Lawrence Murphy ... Himself - priest, St. John's School for the Deaf, 1950-1974 (archive footage)
Richard Sipe Richard Sipe ... Himself - Former Benedictine Monk / Mental Health Counselor
Scott Kuehn Scott Kuehn ... Himself (archive footage)
Angela Kuehn Angela Kuehn ... Herself (archive footage)
Patrick Wall Patrick Wall ... Himself - Former Benedictine Monk (as Patrick J. Wall)
Bob Bolger Bob Bolger ... Himself - St. John's School for the Deaf (archive footage)
John Conway John Conway ... Himself - Counselor for the Deaf
Jim Heydendahl Jim Heydendahl ... Himself - Senior Boys' Dorm Supervisor, 1972-1974
Geoffrey Robertson Geoffrey Robertson ... Himself - Human Rights Lawyer (as Geoffrey Robertson QC)
Jeff Anderson Jeff Anderson ... Himself - Attorney for Gary Smith & Terry Kohut
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Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney exposes the abuse of power in the Catholic Church and 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. By investigating the secret crimes of a charismatic priest who abused over 200 deaf children in a school under his control - the film shows the face of evil that lurks behind the smiles and denials of authority figures and institutions who believe that because they stand for good they can do no wrong. Written by Jwelch5742

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16 November 2012 (USA) See more »

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Den största synden See more »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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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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Is Benedict XVI really resigning because he is Ill?
11 February 2013 | by cruzincatSee all my reviews

I just saw this documentary today after hearing about it from my wife, who did not see the whole film. We watched it together. I have never been Catholic, while she had been for a short period while attending an all girls Catholic High School.

What struck me most about the film was the reason that was given for Father Murphy's exit from St John's, for health reasons. Just this morning, Pope Benedict announced he was stepping down for health reasons. It makes me wonder if the release of this documentary had something to do with his decision. If he lives even half as long as Father Murphy did, after he left St John's, it would, in my opinion, give lie to that.

This film needs to be seen by everyone in the world and let them make up their own minds. I do give a lot of credit to the Dubliners that have stopped attending Mass. The documentary stated that they were down to 4% of the Catholics still attending. Good for them!


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