Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God
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In Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House of God, Alex Gibney documents the story of four courageous deaf men, who, in the first known case of public protest, set out to expose the priest who abused them. Through their case, this powerful film charts the abuse of power in the Catholic Church and traces 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.
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The Church has been and sadly, still is, more interested in covering up instead of admitting its guilt. All this and much more is made plain in this well made and presented DVD. All those who care about truth and the love and care of the innocent should view this recording. People obviously tend to regard clergy as people they can trust and can go to with their troubles. Sadly, this is often not the case as this recording vividly illustrates. Although not a pleasant watch it certainly is a must watch.
There is not need to go into any details. If you care to know a little bit more about the disgrace that has been allowed to fester for so long within this hallowed institution watch it!
Stories of how the clergy get away with it, at best being moved or sent on retreat for a few weeks.
Stories of how the bishops and archbishops behaved, and tried to communicate with the Vatican.
How Ratzinger made sure every single case went to him personally and did nothing.
How he denied having heard.
And it is still going on...
Not for the squeamish, those easily moved to tears or rage, and definitely not for those who think the sun shines out of the Roman Catholic Church.
Does the church of Rome uphold these teachings or is it more of a man-made power structure focussed principally on itself and self-perpetuation? And to what length will the participants in this structure go in order to maintain their power?
Who is the real church?
I got a glimpse of a few answers through this film.
This is not a feel good film it is a harrowing story the culmination of real life tragedy, of pain, shame and confusion of the young and vulnerable. This is an insight into how vulnerable youngsters were groomed and manipulated by a ‘trusted’ individual and about the subsequent cover up to protect paedophile priests and the reputation of the Church. - Hence the poignancy of the second half of the title 'Silence in the House of God'.
If ever a country loses it care and concern for the weak and vulnerable - that country has lost its own soul and is doomed to perdition.
In the DVD the children, now adult meet up and discover that each has an awful secret that they had kept hidden away for years, a shared secret that they confront together. They come to accept that now they are finally compelled to face the past and those who caused their pain. It is also a story with a second half of how a group of men finally found the courage to bring this into the public domain for the sake of justice and peace of mind.
These relatively powerless individuals stand against ‘the system’ to cry out for justice; their fortitude wins through. I salute their courage. Their story should establish the principle to always stand up for what is right and truthful no matter what the odds or how great the cost. This DVD documentary is not for entertainment but is sure is good for the soul.
The salutary but basic lesson for Rome is:-
“..... the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth.
1 Timothy 4:1-4
Jesus said, “Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? .... You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you; “This people honours Me with their lips but their heart is far from Me”. Matt. 15:3, 7-9
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. Matt. 15:3, 7-9
Paedophiles do not migrate towards the Church of Rome they are created within via its unbiblical insistence on a celibate priesthood. Rome would do well to address this if she is serious about stemming its child abuse.