Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

Synopsis: Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney 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 bare ruined choirs of Ireland's churches all the way to the highest office of the Vatican. By investigating the secret crimes of a charismatic priest who abused over 200 deaf children in a school under his control - the film shows the face of evil that lurks behind the smiles and denials of authority figures and institutions who believe that because they stand for good they can do no wrong.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Alex Gibney
Production: Independent Pictures
  Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations.
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106 min

with himself for all I know,

but I couldn't see.

I remember one afternoon

I went to Murphy's office

and he closed the door

and he told me to take off my pants.

And I said,

"Take off my pants?"

I was shocked. And I thought,

"Why would I have to do that?"

And I was looking at this man

in a black suit, the white-collar,

and I thought to myself, "He's a

priest and I'm supposed to obey him."

So I took my pants down

and he molested me.

I felt sick and confused.

"Why would a priest

do that to me?

"Is this supposed to be OK? Did I do

something wrong?" I didn't know.

After it happened,

I just left.

And I just kept it to myself.

Later on,

Father Murphy decided

that confessional would be

on the second floor, in the closet.

I confessed my sins.

I was forgiven and blessed,

and then I was touched.

I started sweating like crazy.. nervous.

I just feel myself shaking

Just kept thinking:

Enough! Enough!

When father murphy stopped,

I went to bed right away.

And I was just sick,

I was just sick.

And I lied in bed,

under the covers

and I felt absolutely disgusted.

I was a monk,

I was a very pious monk.

I folded my hands, kept my eyes

down, did my studies.

I lived in the system.

Richard Sipe spent 18 years

as a Benedictine monk.

He was also a therapist

counselling his fellow priests.

Sex in celibacy became central

to my research and understanding.

Sipe began what became

a 25-year study

examining celibacy

in the priesthood.

My intent was that this would help

in the training of priests.

I felt that I could

make a contribution

by being honest

about it.

The data showed

that at any one time,

no more than 50% of American Roman

Catholic priests were practicing celibacy.

There were certain levels

of experimentation,

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Alex Gibney

Philip Alexander "Alex" Gibney (born October 23, 1953) is an American documentary film director and producer. In 2010, Esquire magazine said Gibney "is becoming the most important documentarian of our time".His works as director include Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (winner of three Emmys in 2015), We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (the winner of three primetime Emmy awards), Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (nominated in 2005 for Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature); Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (short-listed in 2011 for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature); Casino Jack and the United States of Money; and Taxi to the Dark Side (winner of the 2007 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature), focusing on a taxi driver in Afghanistan who was tortured and killed at Bagram Air Force Base in 2002. more…

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