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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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... 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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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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The Truth Will Set You Free
22 February 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is an excellent documentary on how the Catholic Church has let down its people. Child Sexual abuse has long been a problem in the Church. That's not to say that other religions have had their problems too. It focuses on how sexual abuse, especially in deaf community and it was so rampant. The film gives great insight on how the Catholic Church succeeded in creating a massive cover up. It evens show how Pope Benedict XVI, then Cardinal Ratzinger played a vital role in covering up the abuse happening worldwide. The film may make you bitter, even angry, but for those of us who are Catholic it's an amazing outpouring of sadness. I found myself doing more research on this subject. The victims in the film pour out their heart and souls, and even though they were deaf and they signed their lines, you are offered the opportunity to hear what they are saying with excellent guest star voices. Even the use of photography where the zoomed in on the hands signing was awesome, I felt their grief through their sign language. The cinematography is excellent and the use of old film footage makes you feel like you are there. In my opinion a must see film, especially if you are Catholic. It sends a clear message that the Church has a long road ahead in rebuilding its trust with its congregation.


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