Mea Maxima Culpa : Silence in the House of God, a project by Alex Gibney – Oscar Winner for “Taxi to the Dark Side” will hit theaters this November and will then debut on HBO sometime in the early part of 2013. The feature length documentary is set to premiere on September 9th and the Toronto International Film Festival.
The documentary is aimed at exposing the Catholic church and its abuse of power, from the smallest churches all the way up to the Vatican and prominently features 4 young men, all deaf, who flipped on the priest who had abused them and many other young men. The investigation this spawned uncovered secret documents from the archives at the Vatican which indicate that the pope himself is not only powerless to address these abuses, due to the twisted quagmire which is the Roman Curia, but is at least partly responsible for them.
“This is a very important story that needs to be told,” says Gibney. “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.”
This is a basic rewording of the press release as we received it. Now, for my opinion. It has long been known that there is something going on inside the Catholic church and that grievous miscarriages of justice abound in that group. To this I can only say “Why?” Why has nobody stepped in to stop the things that are happening? From the abuse of women to the abuse of children to the abuse of the power of the Vatican, why has nobody ever stepped up and put an end to it.
I, for one, will be watching this documentary the second it hits theaters. I hope many others will, as well. It’s time that someone opened up the blinds and let people see in to the mysterious world of the Catholic church and that the shenanigans which happen behind those blinds got out to the public eye.
Let’s just hope this can help enable some change.
Source : HBO