Final Day! Thursday, November 29

MEA MAXIMA CULPA
SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD

  • 1:00
  • 3:20
  • 5:40*
  • 7:50
  • 10:00
  • *5:40 show daily has subtitles for the hearing-impaired

$7 Member   $12.50 Regular

Directed by Alex Gibney

 

HBO DOCUMENTARY FILMS

MEA MAXIMA CULPA SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD

Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney (TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE and ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM) 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 churches of Ireland, all the way to the highest office of the Vatican. MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD investigates the secret crimes of a charismatic Milwaukee priest, Father Lawrence Murphy, who abused more than 200 deaf children in a school under his control. At the heart of the film are four courageous deaf men – Terry Kohut, Gary Smith, Arthur Budzinksi, and Bob Bolger – who set out to expose the priest who had abused them and sought to protect other children by making their voices heard. It is the first known public protest against clerical sex abuse in the U.S., long before the crisis in Boston, a case that spans three decades and ultimately led to a lawsuit against the Pontiff himself. The investigation helped uncover documents from the secret Vatican archives that show the Pope as both responsible and helpless in the face of evil.

REVIEWS

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“This is important and disturbing stuff. But the heart of MEA MAXIMA CULPA – the real source of its emotional impact – lies in a remark able series of interviews with some of the men…who endured Father Murphy’s assaults.”
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Critics Pick. Genuinely gripping! Coolly and persistently explores how far and high the cover-up and ignorance went.”
New York magazine

“Gibney spins a tale here that is 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, Salon.com

“Alex Gibney’s most powerful film since the Oscar-winning 2007 TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE.”
– Mark Jenkins, NPR

“To someone who was raised and educated in the Catholic school system, as I was, a film like this inspires shock and outrage. MEA MAXIMA CULPA documents that child sexual abuse has been epidemic in the church for at least 1,000 years, and in the 19th century, the Vatican first formed an official policy of keeping it secret.”
– Roger Ebert

MEA MAXIMA CULPA is a fire-breathing set of theses nailed on the Vatican’s door.”
– Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post

“Present(s) increasingly damning facts about institutional corruption. (Gibney) goes after the truth with fierce tenacity.”
– Tomas Hachard, Slant

“(Weaves) a uniquely devastating account of priestly pedophilia into an excoriating indictment of the entire Vatican power structure. An expansive and authoritative study of the widespread practice and concealment of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.”
– Justin Chang, Variety

“POWERFUL AND AFFECTING.”
– Anthony Kaufman, Screen Daily

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