Reflections from the Premiere of Mea Maxima Culpa

Blog: Jeffrey R. Anderson | 11:59 AM          

Watching survivors sign their stories in Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House of God left me hanging in anticipation on their every word. As I watched the Premiere of I was at once deeply saddened, moved, angered, and inspired.

I am saddened by the depth of the problem, that the Vatican has recognized a pattern of priests abusing children for centuries but chosen to keep its data on the crisis locked away and hidden from public knowledge. And I am saddened by each and every abusive contact between a priest and a child. No child should have to live with the grief, anger, guilt, and confusion that is caused by such abuse and honor the deep sorrow every day.

Through this film I am moved by the courageous survivors featured and those unnamed but remembered. Their courage to speak up for the wrongs done to them and speak out against their perpetrators and those who let it happen is profound and moves me and us to action every single day.

I am angered as I watch the film and think of the hundreds of survivors of sexual abuse with whom we have worked, each with unique stories of betrayal, secrecy, and often, silence. The events in the film are upsetting reminders that priests who abuse children are so often left unpunished for their actions, some even moved and promoted to new positions, while children continue to be put at risk.

Finally, this film left me overwhelmingly inspired and reminded that there is still work to be done to stop sexual abuse. I walk away from it centered and energized, ready for the next challenge, a call to action with renewed strength.

Comments (3)

Lia Manning | 3/1/2013 | 11:49 PM

As someone who has not only grown up in Milwaukee, but has ties to both the Catholic and Deaf communities, I was completely stunned by this film. I thought I was informed but clearly only had a basic understanding of what actually occurred. I'm disgusted at the actions of an organization I was taught to trust. I believe the work you are doing is in the pursuit of true justice and I only wish more people were willing to stand up for the truth as you do.

Anonymous | 3/1/2013 | 9:10 AM

I did not seek out the film but found it flipping through channels. Now I have seen it repeatedly and am moved by it every time. I am an attorney and practicing Roman Catholic and I thank you for your work with the survivors of sexual abuse by clergy. Continue to fight the good fight.

Christopher McLean | nycta | 2/28/2013 | 1:58 PM

I watched it the documentary three times. My mind was racing the first time so I had to watch it again....and yet again. I still see the faithful feel are being attacked which I find disturbing. A friend of mine on fb posted the pope and how the networks are attcacking the Catholic church. I am glad they are airing it (mea maxima) over and over again. Not to hurt anyone...but to inform people of what the truth is. If they want to even hear it.

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