Priest Sex Scandal now on BIG SCREEN Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House god
Movie about Catholic priest sex abuse scandal makes US premiere in Milwaukee
By WTMJ News Team
CREATED OCT. 5, 2012 - UPDATED: OCT. 5, 2012
MILWAUKEE- The controversy over the Catholic priest sex abuse scandal hits the big screen.
Not only that, but Friday night is the US premiere of the film. It's called Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House Of God -- a documentary focused on the sexual assaults within the church right here in Milwaukee.
With bright lights, ticket lines, even a red carpet, the event had all the trimmings of a blockbuster premiere.
The film brought a message to the big screen. Telling the story of hundreds of young men abused by Father Lawrence Murphy, the headmaster at St. John's School for the Deaf in St. Francis.
Showing the film to many of the victims themselves, filmmaker Alex Gibney uses the documentary to expose their pain -- and the cover-up by the Catholic Church.
"At the heart of this story is a lot of pain, a lot of suffering, but there are also four heroes -- deaf men -- who were determined to have their voices heard," says Gibney.
Arthur Budzinski is one of those men. Abused by age 12, he was one of the first victims to confront Murphy and the archdiocese.
"I want to prove to the archdiocese that this is a fact," says Budzinski. "This happened."
Budzinski is still waiting for answers from the church. In the meantime, he -- and the film's producers -- are hopeful the picture will shed light on a worldwide problem.
The Archdiocese of Milwaukee just released a statement ahead of Friday's showing. A spokesman maintains the church has taken significant steps to purge abuse from the community, and looks at the retelling of the events as picking a scab off an old wound.
A great news exposing the pagan catholic cultic church exposing their crimes is a must.
The Milwaukee case makes a great cinematic story. The protoganists are former victims who were members of an all-deaf boys school. They claimed that for years they were trying to "tell" their story but nobody listened. Finally, their voices are now "heard".
On the other hand is a very powerful institution -- the Vatican. One of the victims sued the Pope for coverup. The victim blamed the most beloved of popes -- JP2, who had many, many talents but appeared so ineffective when the abuse scandal exploded during his watch. The current pope, who was part of the previous pope's administration, is the main respondent. The main villain, of course, is the priest whom the Vatican refused to defrock.
This is an engaging, albeit sensitive, movie.0
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