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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Alex Gibney's Mea Maxima Culpa

Posted by on Thu, Feb 14, 2013 at 10:48 AM

On February 4, HBO premiered Alex Gibney's Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, a brilliant and infuriating documentary exploring the epidemic of priestly sex abuse at a Milwaukee's St. John's School for the Deaf in the '60s, and drawing damning conclusions about the conspiracy of silence mandated by the Vatican. Here's the trailer:

It's an amazing movie, which will soon get a theatrical release, The heroes of this film—the now middle-aged former students/sexual abuse survivors from St. John's School for the Deaf—need to be seen by as many people on as many screens as possible. For now, two things:

*The doc exposes Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as the Vatican's foremost authority on sex abuse allegations made against the church, then shows how Ratzinger did nothing with his extensive knowledge of the problem once he became Pope.

*With the pope's resignation landing one week after the premiere of Mea Maxima Culpa, it's tempting to somehow link the two events, imagining that Ratzi somehow watched the doc and resigned out of disgust and disappointment with himself, or watched the doc and resigned out of fear of an impending shitstorm. However, being pope provides Ratzinger—the head of the "state" of the Vatican—with a ton of legal protections against any and all shitstorms, and I don't like to imagine the Vatican makes history-altering decisions based on HBO's broadcast schedule.

Whatever the case, please watch Mea Maxima Culpa as soon as you can.

 

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Madskillz80 1
Fantastic doc.
Silly priests, didn't they think about how the young boys they abused would grow into men, willing to do whatever it takes to have their truth heard??
Posted by Madskillz80 on February 14, 2013 at 11:01 AM · Report this
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Well, on March 1 he will not be a head of state. Let the trial begin for crimes against humanity.
Posted by CJWhite on February 14, 2013 at 11:42 AM · Report this
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@2 He doesn't have to be head of state, just have a diplomatic passport. Otherwise, Cardinal Law would be in prison. However, he will be a prisoner in his gilded cage.
Posted by kevin11 on February 14, 2013 at 11:55 AM · Report this
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Well he can't be extradited, true, but can be tried in abstentia? Law can't be tried in abstentia because he committed his crimes in the US (as far as I know, which isn't very far at all, and I'm too super-lazy to super-lazy to look it up).
Posted by CJWhite on February 14, 2013 at 1:50 PM · Report this
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I am Catholic-and at this time, I am ashamed of what the church has hidden and of my belief in religon--I had suspected this was going on and wondered why the priests were moved around.-I now would like to see the Pope and the Queen of England-who BTW is linked with the Pope-hanged along with anyone who helped perpetrate this crime against innocent Children. !!!
Posted by hemibob on February 19, 2013 at 11:33 AM · Report this
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Thank you Mr. Gibney for your work. A lot of restoration will be needed.

Tom Esch in Mpls
Posted by Tom Esch on May 28, 2013 at 10:18 AM · Report this

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