Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God

Updated: Jan 11, 2019

Commentary by Gordon Nary Profiles in Catholicism



Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God details the first known protest against clerical sex abuse in the United States by four deaf men. At a time when there is widespread practice and concealment of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church and unfathomable pain by those abused. we gain insights into the life of Father Lawrence Murphy, a serial abuser at a school for the deaf in Milwaukee, Wisconsin


The heroes of Mea Maxima Culpa are four students who attended St. John’s School Terry Kohut, Gary Smith, Pat Kuehn, and Arthur Budzinski. They speak in sign language, with voiceovers about how much they loved the school and how pervasive and systematic was the sexual abuse perpetrated by Father Murphy.


According to Christine Lawless, MD ,” it's important for every Catholic to watch..”



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