This is the week when we ponder what really matters.
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.
We plan on showing and discussing THE PERFECT GAME at the Parish Confirmation & HS Teen Retreat this April.
The actor Neal McDonough (pictured here on the right from TIN MAN) was fired from the ABC drama Scoundrels, because he refused to do sex scenes with Virginia Madsen. A Catholic and family man, he’s turned down many roles or requested parts be rewritten to accommodate his refusal to do scenes that even hint of sexual intercourse.
Jim Caviezel (pictured here on the left from PERSON OF INTEREST) is well-known as a practicing Catholic. He asked the director of ANGEL EYES, one of his first big roles, if he could change the sex scene in the movie to simply him kissing Jennifer Lopez, because he felt uncomfortable with it and thought the scene was unnecessary. The director agreed. He would become famous as Jesus in THE PASSION. It was reported recently in the news that he gave up the lead role in CBS’ upcoming Navy SEAL drama pilot over “creative differences.”
It is no wonder that Pope Francis is urging the appointment of more exorcists!
According to Pope Francis, confessors should not be averse to referring their penitents to exorcists if they suspect demonic activity is at work, and after consulting psychological professionals. The pontiff said the ministry of confession takes place on the “peripheries of evil and sin.”
Pope Francis stated:
Discernment is necessary also because those who approach the confessional may come from the most desperate situations; they could also have spiritual disturbances, whose nature should be submitted to careful discernment, taking into account all the existential, ecclesial, natural and supernatural circumstances. When the confessor becomes aware of the presence of genuine spiritual disturbances – that may be in large part psychic, and therefore must be confirmed by means of healthy collaboration with the human sciences – he must not hesitate to refer the issue to those who, in the diocese, are charged with this delicate and necessary ministry, namely, exorcists. But these must be chosen with great care and great prudence.
“Today as then, the infidelity and ingratitude of Pastors has repercussions on the poorest of the faithful people, who remain at the mercy of strangers and idolaters.”
He might get his point across but his attacking-style does not help morale. Instead of always criticizing or even insulting clergy for their faults, he might have better fruits in his reform efforts by showing appreciation for their good works and by highlighting the witness of priestly saints.