"There are not over a hundred people in the United States who hate the Catholic Church. There are millions, however, who hate what they wrongly believe to be the Catholic Church, which is, of course, quite a different thing." -Bishop Fulton J. Sheen
Placating terrorists, meeting with dictators, compassion for murderers... but no humanity for the unborn... incredible.
I thought that the actress chosen to play Magdelene in POTC was a bad choice for various reasons.
I thought she emoted well, but her relative youth and beauty played into the whole Jesus had a thing for Magdalene idea that was part of The DaVinci Code. In reality, Mary Magdalene was probably an older, wealthy widow though the Gospels say almost nothing about her.
The Nativity Story Benedict is not watching this movie at the Vatican screening .
IMHO , they try to explain it using the Turkey visit - but there is trouble in paradise - because of the immoral conduct of the Mary actress . At least Mary Magdalene was supposed to be a former sinner .
The Nativity Story I wonder if Racheal from the POTC forum will be seeing this film? I wonder if she will be as consistent with attacking this film as she was with Gibson's film. I wonder where all that non biblical dialog came from
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The Nativity Story Thank you for providing this Catholic forum for discussion of The Nativity Story.
I must admit that after seeing the trailer for the movie numerous times, though, I am deeply concerned that there is a misrepresentation of the Perpetual Virginity of Our Lady. In the trailer, a very troubled and almost panicky St Joseph (not the St. Joseph I know and love!) carries a clearly laboring (vocalizing) Mary through the streets of Bethlehem looking for shelter. While this of course won't bother our Protestant bretheren, we as Catholics should examine this part of the film carefully before promoting the film to other Catholics.
So many Catholics are so poorly catechized about Our Lady. They, like Protestants, want to believe that, as the film portrays, She was "just an ordinary girl." Also disturbing was the review on the blog written that is linked to from this website -- where it says that she was continually looking "worried" in the film; that She sought out Elizabeth to see if she was actually pregnant, so as to be sure the Angel was right; that She didn't really even love St Joseph in Her betrothal, but instead grew to love him.
I'm all for artistic license, but to subtly (or not so subtly) portray Our Lady in this way for me destroys the entire film. I fear that it will also reinforce the Protestant minimization of Our Lady and Her status, already rampant in the minds of most Catholics.
Anyway, I'd be happy to hear what you all have to say about this. I've searched around the net for other similar observations about the film but have found none. I have had a very good priest also view the trailer, and he completely agreed with my observations. He plans to attend the screening (if his application for a seat is accepted) and write something up about the film. We must defend Our Lady and St Joseph. They were not just 2 ordinary people randomly chosen by God. But I know that you will ALL agree with that!
I wonder if Racheal from the POTC forum will be seeing this film? I wonder if she will be as consistent with attacking this film as she was with Gibson's film.
She has probably been too busy bashing Gibson for his alleged antisemitic comments to have noticed this movie. No, I don't think she has even posted on the Nativity board, though you would think she would be warning people about the nonbiblical dialogue and other details.
I really don't know that much about this film and especially do not know if it will present a Protestant interpretation of Mary rather than the Catholic understanding. I don't think that presenting Mary as being worried would be contrary to doctrine necessarily but there may be other problems with the film. I also do not know about the behavior of the actress playing Mary. I would doubt she could pull the role off if she was into serious sin at the time.
Father Melchor Sánchez de Toca y Alameda, deputy to Cardinal Paul Poupard, head of the Papal Council for Culture, which is hosting the screening, confirmed there were rumours that Castle-Hughes’s presence on Sunday had been “vetoed”, but said he “did not believe them”. He gave the film “8½ out of 10”, and said Castle-Hughes was “not expected to be a saint herself, only to do her work as an actress properly”.
Father Sánchez said he found “no major theological errors”, and the film’s graphic portrayal of Mary’s labour pains accentuated her humanity. But he added: “The interior religious life of Mary and Joseph is barely mentioned. I would have liked greater reflection on the trial of faith which is asked of them.”