Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God 2012 NR CC

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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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Alex Gibney, Terry Kohut
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1 hour 47 minutes

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Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

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Genres Documentary
Director Alex Gibney
Starring Alex Gibney, Terry Kohut
Supporting actors Gary Smith, Pat Kuehn, Arthur Budzinski, Lawrence Murphy, Richard Sipe, Scott Kuehn, Angela Kuehn, Patrick Wall, Bob Bolger, John Conway, Jim Heydendahl, Geoffrey Robertson, Jeff Anderson, Laurie Goodstein, Thomas Doyle, Robert Mickens, Marco Politi, Pope Benedict XVI
Studio Docurama
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By E. (Harry) Hernandez VINE VOICE on December 7, 2013
Format: DVD
MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD (HBO Films, 2012, 106 minutes, and by the way, "mea maxima culpa" is Latin and Latin dos not have accents) is one of those spectacular documentaries the type of which we're seeing too little these days. It took so long to get to DVD I can now only offer a sort of summarized review. I've only seen this film a few times when it originally aired exactly a year ago on HBO.

This consists mostly of direct interviews and actually follows a few dramatic, terrible events. Several middle-aged (and some "slightly beyond") deaf men (a tear-inducing posthumous video testimony left by Bob Bolger, along with Terry Kohut, Gary Smith, Pat Kuehn, and Arthur Budzinski) confront the priest (Lawrence Murphy) who ran their school for deaf children, St. John's School for the Deaf, in Wisconsin. This excellent film follows three or four primary subjects--men who want answers from the Catholic Church, from the bishops, and at the time this film was put together, wanted direct answers from the priest who raped them and more than 200 other boys at their school.

Fr. Murphy has even more than that to contend with: Fr. Richard Sipe, who arrived at the school as a counselor and filed complaints against Fr. Murphy dating back to at least 1950, tried to come to the kids' rescue. He was ignored his entire life. Several of the boys witnessed a shouting match between the two priests, able to only lip-read bits and pieces. It was their impression that Fr. Sipe almost seemed to be trying to exorcize Fr. Murphy--but they knew Sipe was confronting and threatening Murphy.

Of course, Fr. Murphy kept on raping boys at the school without a worry in the world.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joe V on December 21, 2013
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The revelations of the scandals that have been suppressed for centuries....thank god for the courage of the deaf students who found their voice and strength and brought attention to these disturbing and disgusting crimes and cover-ups going to the highest levels of the church....and provided initiative to other parishioners in other states. I did not realize that Boston lost 50% of its parishes.

These alarming crimes are not unique to the US and Canada ... it has been a global and mind-boggling scandal that goes back several centuries!

Maybe now we can guess as to why Pope Benedict was the first Pope to resign while in office in 600 years....kudos to Alex Gibney and all who worked on this journalistic gem!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CGable on December 20, 2013
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Very interesting and informative DVD.
I borrowed it to a Deaf friend of mine and she mentioned to me that there is no CC even though it has the CC symbol on the back.
Has anyone else ran into this problem?
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By carmen Dewan on August 25, 2014
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Due to the context of this documentary I can not say I love it. However it is an excellent informative and extremely sad documentary. It will anger you especially if you are Catholic!! Don't let this destroy your faith!!! These animals will be judged and punished. We have to be vigilant and not fully trust anyone. Just because they dress like priests on the outside does not mean they live it on the inside. However that does not mean they are all like that just don't blindly trust and never leave your children in their hands.
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By mikimischievious on October 5, 2014
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No stars, cause I didn't watch it...just read the reviews and felt the compulsion to say AND PEOPLE CAN ACTUALLY WONDER WHY I AM WICCAN? One of the most important parts of our faith is HARM NONE.....I don't see that when I watch the news, read the papers, walk down the street, and besides being born at the tail-end of the Peace, Pot and MicroDot era, I can't say I've ever seen it...
I just tried to submit but it won't let me without a star and since I've always liked Ethan, I'll give HIM A 2...
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Mea Maxima Culpa is a documentary about Roman Catholic priests who molest children. The doc covers all the world but concentrates on deaf children at a deaf school. They are perfect victims as most of the parents were not signing parents so they didn't understand when the kids tried to tell them. The story even goes into Vatican secrets. Very good film.
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Well researched documentary that covers the history of clerical sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, not only in the US but around the world. The Church apparently has had this problem for literally centuries, and has chosen to protect priests rather than their victims. It becomes very obvious as to why Benedict XVI (Cardinal Ratzinger) resigned from the Papacy after watching this film, leaving the Church with an unprecedented historical situation of having two authorized Popes living at the same time. Pope Frances has his hands full with a shameful mess that has been tolerated for much too long and has already started to reach out and apologize to sexual abuse victims. I would recommend this to anyone interested in this topic.
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By Gregory V. on July 5, 2014
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An interesting and shocking documentary focusing on the molestation of boys at a school for the deaf in Milwaukee by Roman Catholic priests. However, the film goes beyond this case and in a very interesting section of the film goes on to discuss the political situation in the Vatican under John Paul II and his successor Benedict which contributed to the covering up of abuse situations like the one at the school. In particular, the association and friendship of John Paul II with Maciel Degolado, the founder of the Legion of Christ and a serial sexual predator and drug addict is reviewed. Maciel's contribution of large cash donations from the wealthy religious order that he founded encouraged John Paul II to ignore the rumors surrounding Maciel. His successor, Benedict, was forced to confront the scandal only because Maciel's crimes finally claimed the attention of press investigations in both the U.S. and Europe. The documentary includes interviews with priests who describe how they reported molestation cases to the Church hierarchy only to find that the hierarchy was more interested in hiding these cases rather than actively intervening to stop the outrages that were occurring. Watching this documentary makes one wonder why John Paul II was declared a saint! He himself was not a molester but he apparently actively conspired to hide and/or ignore the many molestation cases that were occurring. Again, his association with Degolado is particularly damning. All in all, a very informative and shocking documentary well worth seeing.
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