Madman Entertainment is pleased to announce the release of Silence In The House Of God: Mea Maxima Culpa, the much-anticipated documentary from Academy Award winner Alex Gibney (Taxi To The Dark Side) that has caused worldwide controversy. In the wake of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation and an outbreak of scandals in the Catholic Church across the world, Gibney confronts the issues of clerical abuse, cover-up and the fight for justice in Silence In The House of God, releasing in Australian cinemas on March 21st.
The film exposes the abuse of power in the Catholic Church and documents the first known public protest against clerical sex abuse in the US long before the crisis in Boston, a struggle of more than three decades that ultimately led to a lawsuit against the Pontiff himself. Through the stories of four heroic deaf men (voiced by Ethan Hawke, Jamey Sheridan, Chris Cooper and John Slattery) the documentary investigates the secret crimes of Fr. Lawrence Murphy, a charismatic Milwaukee priest who abused more than 200 deaf children in a school under his control. Despite knowing about the abuse, the Vatican never defrocked Fr. Murphy.
Prior to becoming Pope Benedict XVI, for 24 years Joseph Ratzinger stood as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican’s watchdog. Silence In The House of God: Mea Maxima Culpa asserts that as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Ratzinger stands accused of knowing everything about the abuse cases and doing nothing.
Madman Entertainment will be hosting an exclusive Q&A screening in Sydney with International Human Rights Lawyer and author of ‘The Case Of
The Pope’, Geoffrey Robertson QC, who features in Gibney’s documentary. Robertson will be discussing whether Pope Benedict XVI now stands to face charges of ‘crimes against humanity’ and the political implications to the Vatican.
Where: Dendy Newtown
When: Tuesday 12th March 2013, 6pm