HBO Spotlight: Gibney’s ‘Mea Maxima Culpa’


Silence in the house of God.

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God sheds light on the hidden truth of abuse and pedophilia in the Catholic Church that range from smaller, individual churches well on to the Vatican itself. The documentary will also make note of the roles Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI– the former Vatican overseer for sex-abuse cases–played in the cover up. The documentary centers around five deaf men responsible for uncovering secret Vatican documents revealing a massive cover up of abuse of the five themselves and others–worldwide.

Alex Gibney‘s feature-length documentary will be theatrically released this November and will debut on HBO sometime in early 2013. Gibney notes the importance of the information presented in the film should be widely disclosed to the public:

“This is a very important story that needs to be told. I am delighted to have produced the film with HBO Documentary Films and pleased that the world will be able to discover the film with Content’s team on board to sell it.”

The men led the first public protest against the church abuse in the United States. Each attended St. John’s School for the Deaf in St. Francis, Wisconsin where Father Lawrence Murphy “preyed” on more than two hundred students, which began in the 1950s. When the abuse was discovered, he was quickly relocated. These actions led to the group suing Father Murphy, and the suit led to the discovery of further disturbingly shocking documentation.

Gibney, the son of journalist Frank Gibney, studied at Yale University and UCLA Film School. His career as a director began in 1980 with the film The Ruling Classroom. Some of his best known documentaries are: Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005), Gonzo: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson (2008) and Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer (2010).

Academy Award®–winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) explores the charged issue of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, following a trail from the first known protest against clerical sexual abuse in the United States and all way to the Vatican.

Source: Tiff

Sandy Hoffman
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