Silence in the House of God

Mea Maxima Culpa

 “A conspiracy thriller far more exciting and sinister than Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, which it closely resembles.” — Philip French, The Observer

Director: Alex Gibney
Year: 2012
Country: USA
Running time: 107 mins
Censor Rating: M - sexual abuse themes
Genres: Religion

Screenplay/Narrator: Alex Gibney
Producers: Kristen Vaurio, Alex Gibney, Alexandra Johnes, Jedd Wider, Todd Wider
Photography: Lisa Rinzler
Editor: Sloane Klevin
Music: Ivor Guest, Robert Logan
Colour and B&W/DCP 

With: Terry Kohut, Gary Smith, Pat Kuehn, Arthur Budzinski, Jeff Anderson, Rembert Weakland, Thomas Doyle, Richard Sipe, Patrick J. Wall, Geoffrey Robertson, Bob Bolger

Oscar winner Alex Gibney delivers a concise, sparingly emotive account of the Catholic Church’s persistent protection of its most errant priests.

“Responsibility for the child abuse scandal, Gibney contests, goes all the way to the Vatican and, yes, the outgoing Pope. This film, brilliantly structured, opens out from a prologue examining one man and one institution – a Milwaukee, Wisconsin, church school for the deaf whose now grown-up victims wage a campaign of testimony against the school’s former child-molesting Father – to a sweeping, even stunning, even stupefying survey of the Church’s negligence and sometimes (no other word) connivance. For more than 10 years Pope Benedict, then a cardinal heading the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, supervised the Vatican’s child abuse ‘account’ – and failed to bring anyone to account… This is a tremendous documentary: at once cool and scalding, outraged and meticulous; a must-see for everyone, both inside and outside the ‘House of God’.” — Nigel Andrews, Financial Times

Festivals: Toronto, London, Amsterdam Documentary 2012

Best Documentary, London Film Festival 2012