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Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

HD   Unrated Closed Captioning

Alex Gibney

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About the Movie

Mea Maxima Culpa investigates the secret crimes of Father Lawrence Murphy, a charismatic Milwaukee priest who abused more than 200 deaf children in a school under his control. The film documents the first known public protest against clerical sex abuse in the U.S., which led to a case that spanned three decades and ultimately resulted in a lawsuit against the pontiff himself. The investigation helped uncover documents from the secret Vatican archives that show the Pope, who must operate within the rules of the Roman Curia, as both responsible and helpless in the face of evil.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 48
  • Fresh: 47
  • Rotten: 1
  • Average Rating: 7.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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, Nov 15, 2012

Fresh: 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,, Nov 15, 2012

Fresh: The film is one-sided, of course-church officials ignored interview requests, but their version has been around for a couple of millennia anyway. – Marsha McCreadie, Village Voice, Nov 13, 2012

Fresh: Gibney's most powerful film since the Oscar-winning 2007 Taxi to the Dark Side. – Mark Jenkins, NPR, Nov 15, 2012

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