“Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God”—Resources

Even before its first airing on HBO, Alex Gibney’s electrifying new documentary about pedophile priests has provoked intense discussion about the Vatican’s centuries-long role in covering up the abuses and “protecting” the power and prestige of the Church. Gibney, an impassioned and articulate critic of the Vatican’s policies, does not hesitate to identify Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger—now Pope Benedict—as the man most deeply implicated in the cover-ups.

The Bent Angle will provide links to articles, interviews, videos, and podcasts about Mea Maxima Culpa over the coming weeks.


“‘Mea Maxima Culpa’ review: Devastating,” by David Wiegand, SFGate, 2/2/13.

“A Silent Trail Leads Beyond a Cover-Up of Protracted Abuse,” by A. O. Scott, The New York Times, 11/15/12.

“Nostra Maxima Culpa,” by Andrew Sullivan on The Daily Dish, 2/4/13

“Alex Gibney’s Mea Maxima Culpa: Sex, Lies, and the Catholic Church,” David Moynihan interviews Alex Gibney, The Daily Beast, 2/4/13.

“Alex Gibney on Mea Maxima Culpa, and How the Church is Like Enron,” by Alyssa Rosenberg, Think Progress, 2/4/13.


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