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Critical review of HBO documentary on Milwaukee abuse scandal

Catholic World News - November 12, 2012

Mea Maxima Culpa, an HBO documentary on the infamous Milwaukee priest Father Lawrence Murphy, offers an “important service” in allowing his victims to “describe the grievous harm and criminal activity that was perpetrated upon them and the devastating impact that the abuse had on their lives,” writes David Pierre of Catholic World Report.

“However, the film takes the unfortunate yet predictable turn in simply using the scandals as a tool to advance a nasty anti-Catholic agenda,” adds Pierre. “While the film certainly recounts the victims’ episode with Milwaukee police, the film ultimately gives law enforcement a pass, even though an arrest and conviction of the abusive priest would have halted his crimes against children immediately.”

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