Film depicting Catholic Church sex abuse scandal makes Milwaukee debut

CREATED Oct 5, 2012 - UPDATED: Oct 5, 2012

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MILWAUKEE- A film on the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal is getting a lot attention, and the movie makes its Milwaukee debut Friday night.

The movie is part of the Milwaukee Film Festival.  Folks are waiting for tickets at the Oriental Theatre for the the film called Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God.

The film starts at seven, followed by a question and answer session with its producer.

It's focused on the abuse and cover-ups within the Catholic Church -- in particular -- the abuse that is said to have taken place against more than 200 deaf children at St. John's School for the Deaf in St. Francis.

The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP, helped producers on the film -- which just made its debut in Toronto last month.

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee just released a statement ahead of Friday's showing.  A spokesman maintains the church has taken significant steps to purge abuse from the community, and looks at the retelling of the events as picking a scab off an old wound.