Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God
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Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God
In MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD, Oscar (R)-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney examines the abuse of power in the Catholic Church through the story of four courageous deaf men, who in the first known case of public protest, set out to expose the priest who abused them. Through their case the film follows 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. (c) HBO

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The case has been widely reported but this is still an important film, laying out who knew what, and when. It's chilling: the conspiracy of silence goes all the way to the Vatican."
‑ Cath Clarke, Time Out
"Partly an inspiring saga of growing "deaf power" and human resilience, and partly a murky and fragmentary drama about an immense, closed-minded bureaucracy with paranoid and conspiratorial tendencies that finds itself unable to adjust to the modern world."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"a carefully constructed observation of the facts and a withering condemnation of the behaviour of the Catholic Church."
‑ Simon Weaving, Screenwize
"A heartbreaking, brilliantly executed exposť, in which four deaf victims bring the church to account. Their testimonies are chilling."
‑ Ed Gibbs, The Sunday Age
"With meticulous care and intricate detail, Silence In The House of God deconstructs the nature of the Catholic Church's systematic cover ups of pedophilia among their clergy, stretching back well into the past century"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"It feels a bit like a monster movie. It is, too."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"There is something to be said for a clear and unblinking recitation of facts, and thankfully Mr. Gibney does a lot of that."
‑ A.O. Scott, New York Times
"Before you say you can't take another feature length documentary about sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests, know that Alex Gibney's examination of the subject is both fresh and revelatory."
‑ CJ Johnson, ABC Radio (Australia)
"Alex Gibney isn't casting the first stone at the Vatican with his documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God. But, God willing, it will be the most effective in shattering their narrative of blissful ignorance."
‑ Simon Miraudo, Quickflix
"It is ironic that the raised voices of a small group of deaf boys from Milwaukee, Wisconsin are loud enough to threaten the code of silence over child molestation accusations in the Catholic Church"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"In the end, decades of such crimes going undetected and undeterred under the aegis of one employer - any employer - speaks for itself. And the extraordinary perseverance and courage of the men from St. John's speaks louder still."
‑ Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post
"Gibney's most powerful film since the Oscar-winning 2007 Taxi to the Dark Side."
‑ Mark Jenkins, NPR
"Gibney tracks a disgraceful cover-up within the Catholic church."
‑ Siobhan Synnot, Scotsman
"Tragedy that sticks to your bones -- a gut-punch look at the Catholic Church child sex abuse scandal as filtered through the experiential prism of a group of victims from a single Midwestern school for the deaf."
‑ Brent Simon,
"It's not one documentary that you'd care to endure on repeat viewings but it's a necessary investigation into the paedophilic petri dish that the Catholic Church allowed itself to become."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
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