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Powerful Stories Impact the Faith

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While I read the book SILENCE by Makoto Fujimura many years ago, I have not yet seen the movie. As with Graham Green’s book THE POWER AND THE GLORY there is often as much to learn from bad or weak priests as from strong ones. Both works are extremely unsettling. While outwardly devout, his own compassion and maybe a lack of true faith works against the main priest character in SILENCE. Greene’s whiskey priest comes across as externally weak, undisciplined and cowardly; however, in the end what remains of his faith is shown to be selfless and even courageous. No matter how much he runs away, the “Hound of Heaven” catches him in the end.

Recommended Family Films

51Woc2j1sjL._SY445_These are movies that we have either shown to teens or are planning to show them.  They are entertaining and provide for important teaching moments.

The Boy Who Could Fly

Saving Grace

A Home of Our Own

The Mighty

The Boy with Green Hair

Spare Parts

Paper Planes

Endgame

The Perfect Game

We plan on showing and discussing THE PERFECT GAME at the Parish Confirmation & HS Teen Retreat this April.

LIST OF MOVIES WITH MEMORABLE PRIESTS

*Given that the movie SILENCE is coming out this week, here is a listing of past films about priests (of one sort or another).

HUMPHREY BOGARTcda

The Left Hand of God

RICHARD BURTON

Beckett

MONTGOMERY CLIFT

I Confess

TOM CONTI

Saving Grace

CHARLIE COX

There Be Dragons

BING CROSBY

Going My Way

The Bells of St. Mary’s

Say One for Me

ROBERT DE NIRO / JEREMY IRONS

The Mission

ADAM DRIVER / ANDREW GARFIELD / LIAM NEESON*

Silence

RICHARD EGAN

Padre on Horseback

HENRY FONDA

The Fugitive

BEN GAZZARA

Don Bosco: The True Story of the Apostle of Youth

WILLIAM HOLDEN / CLIFTON WEBB

Satan Never Sleeps

JOHN HURT

Beyond the Gates

RAUL JULIA

Romero

JACK LEMMON

Mass Appeal

KARL MALDEN

On the Waterfront

JASON MILLER

Home of Our Own

RICARDO MONTALBON / MAXIMILIAN SCHELL

The Reluctant Saint

DON MURRAY

The Hoodlum Priest

PAT O’BRIEN

Angels with Dirty Faces

GREGORY PECK

The Keys of the Kingdom

The Scarlet and the Black

ANTHONY QUINN

The Shoes of the Fisherman

SPENCER TRACEY

Boys Town / Men of Boys Town

TOM TRYON

The Cardinal

DAVID WENHAM

Molokai: The Story of Father Damien

VARIOUS

Of Gods and Men

FOREIGN FILMS

The Wizard of Heaven

Padre Pio Miracle Man

Diary of a Country Priest

VIDEO – Confession Explained

VIDEO – Guide to the Mass

A Modest Wife

The Ultimate Homeschooler Video Game?

Although this promotion exhibits a false game for a real one (Dante’s Inferno), what else does it communicate? Is it simply a fun parody which should make us laugh (at ourselves)? Or does it inadvertantly imply that Mass and church attendance is boring? Are traditional Catholics being mocked?