Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God (2012)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 16, 2012
DVD Release Date: October 7, 2013
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Cath Clarke
Time Out

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.

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Andrew O'Hehir

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.

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Simon Weaving

a carefully constructed observation of the facts and a withering condemnation of the behaviour of the Catholic Church.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

It feels a bit like a monster movie. It is, too.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

There is something to be said for a clear and unblinking recitation of facts, and thankfully Mr. Gibney does a lot of that.

CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)

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.

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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post

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.

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Mark Jenkins

Gibney's most powerful film since the Oscar-winning 2007 Taxi to the Dark Side.

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Siobhan Synnot

Gibney tracks a disgraceful cover-up within the Catholic church.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
Alec Barniskis
I understand that documentaries surrounding this subject may seem like well worn territory, but honestly until the Catholic Church really starts to own up to… More