Mea Maxima Culpa

Mea Maxima Culpa

Silence in the House of God

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Investigates the secret crimes of Father Lawrence Murphy, a Milwaukee priest who abused more than 200 deaf children in a school under his control. The film documents the first known public protest against the pontiff himself. The investigation helped uncover documents from the secret Vatican archives that show the Pope, who must operate within the mysterious rules of the Roman Curia, as both responsible and helpless in the face of evil
Branch Call Number: DVD 261.8327 Mea
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (107 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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maipenrai
Dec 01, 2017

Excellent documentary about sexual abuse by the Catholic clergy. I had been blaming some of the U. S. bishops for moving priests around without warnings to congregations. While they are not absolved of blame, this film helps to point out that the papal nuncios, the cardinals, and even the pope were advised of the problems by the priests and bishops involved. Like the Nazis, these people can excuse themselves by saying they were just following orders from above.... Everyone but the pope himself. Claiming bankruptcy in order to avoid paying retribution while the Vatican has the most valuable art collection in the world is reprehensible beyond words. The Vatican has attempted to say that the problem is isolated to the United States, but unfortunately the abuse is world wide. Difficult to watch, but a highly recommended film. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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Todd66
May 02, 2017

I had tears in my eyes through most of this. That such an institution as the Catholic Church has so much power over so many innocent lives, and then abuses that power, shame on them. It grieves me after the abuse I went through that it was known by the Cardinals and even Pope Benedict XVI that this was going on, and it was permitted.

Watch it if you need to, but be warned that if you were a victim it will drag up a lot of old memories that are sometimes best buried in the past. I know I'm sorry I watched it now, but it gave me insight of just how deep this goes.

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COURIER3
Oct 15, 2016

What an outrageous cover up by the Catholic church, priests, cardinals and popes. The movie Spotlight is excellent to see how long the newspaper wanted to wait until they could identify hundreds of pedoifile priests. before they went public. Preying on the deaf kids is so shameful.
This was a world wide epidemic, and why were the nuns silent? :-( Bonus features interesting for deleted scenes .

JCLMartyJ May 16, 2016

I so admire the courage of the deaf men who were abused as boys to persist in "speaking out" about the monster who abused them and shining a spotlight on an issue that has pervaded the catholic church. I hope that they have been able to find supportive spiritual communities in which to heal.

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bebackjamd
Jan 15, 2016

Have none of these commenters not noticed a couple of things. First of all why do we only hear of pedophilia by catholic priests and not of that committed by ministers of other faiths or public school teachers? Could it perhaps be that PBS and the rest of the drive by media have it in for the catholic church? Secondly take a look at the sex of most victims of pedophilia by the all male clergy and thiink about the implications. Yes, I want the church to purge itself of all such priests, but let us be careful in drawing unwarrented conclusions from the scandel.

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HellbillyHillhound
Jan 14, 2016

Sock it to 'em Alex! The Vatican and Catholic Church has been sexually abusing children for hundreds of years now. MOTHER MARY FULL OF GRACE!! "DEAF POWER"!!!!!!!!!

rodprops Oct 14, 2015

FUCK ALL PEDOPHILE PRIESTS, FUCK ALL THE POPES & THE VATICAN FOR ALLOWING THESE SICK-ASS MEN, TO CONTINUE MOLESTING & RAPING THESE DEAF BOYS!! FUCK RELIGIONS, TOO!!

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akirakato
Aug 05, 2015

This is a documentary originally released as a motion picture in 2012.
At the heart of the film is a small group of courageous deaf men who set out to exposes the priest who had abused them.
They sought to protect other children.
It is the faces and expressions of the courageous deaf men that illustrate the indelible effect Laurence Murphy the abusive priest continues to have on their lives.
Unfortunately, however, the Pope seems to be too strong a figure for them to sue.
In any case, it is a gripping, powerful and profoundly affecting documentary.

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LaurieLR
Feb 23, 2015

Well done and an important story. I recommend it.

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burmal
Dec 28, 2014

Absolutely worth the time to watch. PBS makes documentaries that are still thoughtful, informative and balanced. Giving voices to the voiceless is what this one is all about. Stories that have been hidden for too long are finally being told.

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"In a time of universal deceit - telling the truth is a revolutionary act."- George Orwe

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“No such thing as a bad dog, only bad people in the world” - (Anonymous)

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

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“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

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