Tead Behr, a Christian movie reviewer points out these facts about the film: (It uses) "about 58 obscenities (including ,many "f" words), 15 strong profanities, one light profanity, and references to urinating; two extreme scenes of bloody violence include shot of castrated man and man's head is beaten bloody until he is dead, and scenes of violence where men fight and wrestle in a rough way, and homosexual sodomy scene plays almost like a homosexual rape; very strong sexual content includes depicted homosexual and heterosexual sodomy (with a hint of sadomasochism during one or more homosexual scenes), depicted homosexual kissing and groping, depicted intercourse between married couple, and implied intercourse and almost intercourse with women who are shown topless; upper female nudity in several scenes, full male nudity in bathing scene, rare male nudity, and upper male nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking; and, lying, men cheat on wives, sexual "repression" is seen as evil, family arguments, divorce, and negative portrayal of heterosexual fathers."
Very touching movie indeed.
In fact, it sounds to me like a Talking about Touching kindergarten "CCD" lesson.
"Because there are some in this instance who are using the L rating to make it appear the church's -- or the USCCB's -- position on homosexuality is ambiguous, the classification has been revised specifically to address its moral content,"
Meanwhile - the USCCB Bishops post the following FORBES review:
The review, which was yesterday attributed to Forbes, still entices Catholics to see the film. "Director Ang Lee tells the story with a sure sense of time and place, and presents the narrative in a way that is more palatable than would have been thought possible," says the article. "The performances are superb. Australian Ledger may be the one to beat at Oscar time, as his repressed manly stoicism masking great vulnerability is heartbreaking, and his Western accent sounds wonderfully authentic."
Now, kiddos, what's ambiguous about the Bishops thoughts on homosexual sex outside of the Sacrament of Marriage?
Face it. We don't need a review to know what's going on underneath their miters.
To express concerns: Msgr Maniscalco, Director of Communications Dept USCCB 202-541-3000 (USCCB) ask for Communications Dept. (Msgr. Maniscalco) Or Msgr William Fay General Secretary.
USCCB President Bishop William Skylstad 509-358-7305
Vatican Guard posted the Klu Klux Klan blogger's post on the new San Fran Bishop in the comments section.
As the days go forward and this is unfolding - it's about much more than being hoodwinked. It's about what to do after you've found out you've been hoodwinked.
It's about the Patriach of a family who has employed "babysitters" that are harming and injuring his children. It's about rushing to their aide and removing those babysitters and placing them into the care of people who will not harm them.
It's not about his own personal sense of holiness. It's not about giving the babysitters a set of directives you know they have no intention of executing and who will instead continue to harm your children.
Mantalvo was a problem - he was a player in the nominiations of the shcismatics whilst keeping the information from the Holy See they needed to make the proper decisions. He's gonzo. "Retired". There's a new papal nuncio for the U.S. I haven't even had the chance to review the new Nuncio's pedigree.
Call me intuitive - but I think it's clear to the Pope that what is going down in Boston and in fact the entire United States was being kept from JP II and Pope Benedict by the Montalvo.
Perhaps it's time for an excerpt from the prayer read aloud to the world by Cardinal Ratzinger on Good Friday as our Holy Pope lay dying:
The Judge of the world, who will come again to judge us all, stands there, dishonored and defenseless before the earthly judge. Pilate is not utterly evil. He knows that the condemned man is innocent, and he looks for a way to free him. But his heart is divided. And in the end he lets his own position, his own self-interest, prevail over what is right. Nor are the men who are shouting and demanding the death of Jesus utterly evil. Many of them, on the day of Pentecost, will feel "cut to the heart" (Acts 2:37), when Peter will say to them: "Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God... you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law" (Acts 2:22ff.). But at that moment they are caught up in the crowd. They are shouting because everyone else is shouting, and they are shouting the same thing that everyone else is shouting. And in this way, justice is trampled underfoot by weakness, cowardice and fear of the diktat of the ruling mindset. The quiet voice of conscience is drowned out by the cries of the crowd. Evil draws its power from indecision and concern for what other people think
What can the third fall of Jesus under the Cross say to us? We have considered the fall of man in general, and the falling of many Christians away from Christ and into a godless secularism. Should we not also think of how much Christ suffers in his own Church? How often is the holy sacrament of his Presence abused, how often must he enter empty and evil hearts! How often do we celebrate only ourselves, without even realizing that he is there! How often is his Word twisted and misused! What little faith is present behind so many theories, so many empty words! How much filth there is in the Church, and even among those who, in the priesthood, ought to belong entirely to him! How much pride, how much self-complacency! What little respect we pay to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, where he waits for us, ready to raise us up whenever we fall! All this is present in his Passion. His betrayal by his disciples, their unworthy reception of his Body and Blood, is certainly the greatest suffering endured by the Redeemer; it pierces his heart. We can only call to him from the depths of our hearts: Kyrie eleison Lord, save us (cf. Mt 8: 25
Lord Jesus Christ, you have borne all our burdens and you continue to carry us. Our weight has made you fall. Lift us up, for by ourselves we cannot rise from the dust. Free us from the bonds of lust. In place of a heart of stone, give us a heart of flesh, a heart capable of seeing. Lay low the power of ideologies, so that all may see that they are a web of lies. Do not let the wall of materialism become insurmountable. Make us aware of your presence. Keep us sober and vigilant, capable of resisting the forces of evil. Help us to recognize the spiritual and material needs of others, and to give them the help they need. Lift us up, so that we may lift others up. Give us hope at every moment of darkness, so that we may bring your hope to the world.
What can the third fall of Jesus under the Cross say to us? We have considered the fall of man in general, and the falling of many Christians away from Christ and into a godless secularism. Should we not also think of how much Christ suffers in his own Church? How often is the holy sacrament of his Presence abused, how often must he enter empty and evil hearts! How often do we celebrate only ourselves, without even realizing that he is there! How often is his Word twisted and misused! What little faith is present behind so many theories, so many empty words! How much filth there is in the Church, and even among those who, in the priesthood, ought to belong entirely to him! How much pride, how much self-complacency! What little respect we pay to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, where he waits for us, ready to raise us up whenever we fall! All this is present in his Passion. His betrayal by his disciples, their unworthy reception of his Body and Blood, is certainly the greatest suffering endured by the Redeemer; it pierces his heart. We can only call to him from the depths of our hearts: Kyrie eleison Lord, save us (cf. Mt 8: 25).
Lord, your Church often seems like a boat about to sink, a boat taking in water on every side. In your field we see more weeds than wheat. The soiled garments and face of your Church throw us into confusion. Yet it is we ourselves who have soiled them! It is we who betray you time and time again, after all our lofty words and grand gestures. Have mercy on your Church; within her too, Adam continues to fall. When we fall, we drag you down to earth, and Satan laughs, for he hopes that you will not be able to rise from that fall; he hopes that being dragged down in the fall of your Church, you will remain prostrate and overpowered. But you will rise again. You stood up, you arose and you can also raise us up. Save and sanctify your Church. Save and sanctify us all.
Now, does that sound to you like a fellow who isn't going to help us sweep out the thieves?
The Wizards...er..I mean Whispers of Loggia's Cowboys may take on a whole new, shall we say...rodeo.
Having said all that, I see nothing wrong in a statement which says that truly celibate priests - who at one time when they poured interest into their sexuality had homosexual temptations - but are now teaching the faithful the proper actions in accordance with the Magisterium--are not the target of the cleansing.
Point in fact, they can be our greatest allies in teaching truth and helping us to maintain an "environment" of an Institution of Salvation that teaches what actions we must resist, what we must confess, what we must do to amend our lives as Roman Catholics.
The point here in Boston, and around the nation - - is the pretense that people like Fr. Cuenin, Fr. Parise, Fr. Bowers, Fr. what's his name from the parish in Weymouth, The Jesuits, Boston College, Clare Bertero, Planned Parenthood, Larry Kessler, Mary Jane England, Mary Jo Bane, Eric McFadden, Bryan Hehir, Jack Connors, Mayor Menino, Kerry, Kennedy - - ET AL - - are executioners of meeting the litmus test of the Vatican.
There can be no trust and there will be no hope, if this farce continues.
We need a Nuncio who gives the paper trails to the Vatican and we need a Patriarch that acts upon that paper trail when we have exhausted all venues here in the United States.