Friday, August 3, 2007

Hollywood and the Catholic Faith

I saw the last post dealt with Hollywood's portrayal of Catholics and their faith. I have not seen the movie "Breach" but have seen may other movies depicting our faith. I always get upset when they portray the "bad" and not the "good". I firmly believe our country has a deep rooted prejudice about Catholics. One can easily trace back to this country's start to find the birth of this prejudice. The Pilgrims, Puritans, and other early settlers were not exactly big fans of the Catholic Faith. The early settlers were leaving organized religion and did not want anyone to tell them what they could and could not do. Chesterton, a famous English convert and writer, comments on how Americans celebrate the arrival of the Pilgrims and even have a holiday to commemorate their arrival. He comments that the English also celebrate Thanksgiving but it is much different than ours. The English celebrate the departure of the Pilgrims to America. Imagine if Call to Action Members all got together and departed across the sea, never to return..... get my drift.
The arrival of the Catholic Church was not welcomed in American and still fights prejudice, lies, and hatred. What does all this have to do with movies? It has everything to do with movies. Hollywood must depict the church in the worst way to continue this deep rooted prejudice. It is ingrained in many Americans that the Church is corrupt and bad. More dirt sells more tickets. It is very hard to find a movie with any Catholics portrayed in a positive manner. As Catholics, we must admit members of our Church have behaved in horribly ways. Hollywood loves this because it sells tickets. We are constantly under a microscope and everyone watches for one wrong move. I wish Hollywood would at least, show the good with the bad on a more regular basis.
I would like to close with a movie that I really enjoy called "The Mission". The movie is about a mission in the South America Rainforest. The movie does show the good and bad of the members of our Church. I encourage all the watch the movie and let me know what you think. The movie is for adults so make sure your child is old enough to handle the movie.

Leonidas

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