Friday 23 March 2018

breaking the silence of clerical abuse

John Boland

Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (BBC4) was an award-winning film about clerical sex abuse, mainly in an American school for deaf children but also documenting the activities of Ballyfermot priest Tony Walsh, described in the film as "Ireland's most notorious paedophile" – though there are other contenders for that designation.

The testimonies of the deaf victims, now middle-aged or older, were properly shocking, while the Vatican – notably in the person of the former Cardinal Ratzinger – was excoriated throughout for its ongoing and shameful cover-ups.

An angry and moving film from the always excellent Storyville documentary strand.

Irish Independent

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