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Mea maxima culpa : silence in the house of God
Gibney, Alex, film producer, screenwriter, film director, narrator.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Docuramafilms : Cinedgm [2013]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (107 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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.
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Originally released as a motion picture in 2012.

Bonus features: deleted scenes.
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BX1912.9 .M43 2013V Adult DVD Central Library

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Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer) investigates a shocking tale of clerical sexual abuse in a Catholic school for deaf children, and exposes the conspiracy of silence within the Vatican to protect the offending priest from being prosecuted for his heinous crimes. As four former abuse victims summon the courage to speak out about the sexual crimes perpetrated against them by the very priest to whom they confessed their sins, we are presented with the facts of the official investigation, and learn how all allegations of pedophilia within the church ended up being overseen by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), who continually acted to protect the Catholic church rather than the innocents whose lives were being destroyed by its clerics. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi