Guilty of Treason.
Most people with any familiarity with Catholicism wonder what it would be like to be a priest who hears the confession of a murder and what it would be like to have to keep the secret of the confessional when the police are trying to apprehend the guilty party. In this film Alfred Hitchcock explores this situation with an added twist, the murderer is trying to frame the priest to whom he confessed and the police actually think the priest did it.
A movie loosely based on the life of Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar (1043-1099) a Spanish hero during the time of the Reconquista, the centuries-long struggle by Christians to evict their Muslim overlords from the Iberian peninsula. The movie, sharing Charlton Heston and Sofia Loren, is one of the greatest epic films ever made.
The ficitional story of a good priest in contemporary post-Catholic Ireland who is told in the confessional that he will be murdered seven days later. The movie recounts how the priest lives out the next seven days. In this dark but ultimately hopeful film, we see a shining example of what it should mean to be a Catholic priest and the power of mercy.
Many have accused the Vatican of being complicit with Hitler. Nothing could be further from the truth. This true story of an Irish priest who worked in the Vatican during World War II shows how the Church was the thorn in the side of Hitler and a humanitarian force protecting Jews and POWs during the war.
About one hundred years ago, the Mexican government declared war on the Church, seizing her land, taking over her schools and closing her churches. When Catholics resisted, the government used force to try to crush them. Finally Catholics took up arms against the violence of the masons who controlled the government. This movie tells the story of this resistance movement, which eventually ensured the continued survival of the Catholic Church in Mexico.
The story of the last years of Saint Thomas More, Chancellor of England during the reign of Henry VIII. It won an Oscar for best picture in 1966. Based on a play written by the atheist/agnostic Robert Bolt, the austerity of the screenplay captures the personality of the saint.
The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima.
The Song of Bernadette.
When I saw this film I had my first serious thoughts of becoming a priest. Becket tells the story of a 12th century climber, Thomas Becket, who became the best friend of King Henry II and Chancellor of England. When the Archbishop of Canterbury died, Henry intrigued to have his friend and prime minister elected Primate of England. Henry wanted an archbishop who would work with the English crown. Against all expectations, Thomas Becket took his religious role seriously and defended the rights of the Church against bullying by the state.