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August 2, 2011

An Unexpected Tale of a Priest

'The Least of These' avoids cliches, takes some surprising plot twists along the way

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There are all sorts of directions one might take a screenplay about abusive Catholic priests, but writer-director Nathan Scoggins takes his story along unexpected paths in The Least of These, a drama/mystery releasing to DVD today.

Made four years ago, the just-now-to-video release stars Isaiah Washington (Grey’s Anatomy) as Father James, an African-American priest who steps into a new role as a teacher at a Catholic boys’ school—but he’s got some emotional baggage. Figuring out just what that baggage entails is part of the mystery—and it’s not as cut-and-dried as you might think. Meanwhile, Father James’ predecessor at the school has gone missing . . . and watching that mystery unfold is another compelling element.

The school’s head priest (played by former Oscar nominee Robert Loggia) welcomes Father James, a former student, into the fold, but another priest (Bob Gunton) is suspicious of the newcomer. And yes, the film’s title plays a vital role in how events ultimately unfold in the end.

It all adds up to a “Christian movie” that rises above cliché, predictability, and agenda. There are no in-your-face sermons here, just realistic men trying to live their lives according to the cards they’ve been dealt. They all sin and make errors in judgment, some more serious than others. But grace and forgiveness also have their place in the story. It's worth a watch.

Here’s the film’s official website, here’s where to buy it, and here’s the trailer:

Comments

This looks powerful. Good choice of actors.

Somewhere Christianity today has forgotten that Catholicism is not biblical Christianity. Why is an evangelical magazine promoting a film by those given into idolatry, like the worship of Mary. Not only that but the Catholic church preaches a doctrine of demons, this is according to the Apostle Paul. To forbid to marry is a doctrine of devils "1 Tim 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;
1 Tim 4:2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;
1 Tim 4:3 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats*, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

Catholicism is not Christianity. I would pray any spirit filled Christian give this movie no serious look.

Sorry you feel this way about Catholics, and clearly you're ignorant of some key facts. The world could use more ecumenism, not less.

Saw this movie and thought it was great. Not at all about Catholicism, but about people of faith trying to do the right thing. People who criticize this film for its treatment of Catholicism are missing the point. The movie clearly is about men who believe in God and are trying to follow Him, even through challenging times.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, pardon.
Where there is doubt, faith.
Where there is despair, hope.
Where there is darkness, light.
Where there is sadness, joy.
O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive.
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen

Ahh ! The Gauntlet has been Thrown ! - yet again !

Very well……

To all the WASPs & Hill-Billy Bible Thumpers out there !

No doubt most of your views about the Catholic Faith (the Truly Original Christians) are formed by the "trustworthy" MSM, & fueled by the Anti-Catholic Rantings by the likes of mormans, jehovah witness & SDA, Jack Chick, & all other professional anti-catholic cults / activists !

If any of U on this blog, wish to debate the veracity of the Holy Catholic Church & her Love for Jesus Christ our God & King, & Head of our Church (not the Pope ! – God's chief servant on Earth - as some of U think)

- then by all means come & either debate us, or find out the TRUTH of what we actually DO believe & Teach – & not what some other deluded 10th-hand protestant says about us !

If I wanted to know about Judaism – would I consult the Muslims ?

If I wanted to know about Hinduism would I consult the Budhists ?

If I was an agnostic seeker, & wanted to know about Protestantism, would I consult the Orthodox Churches ?

NO !

So please do US the same courtesy & come & check out what we actually do believe & teach !

goto:

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lumenverum.org

ourcatholicfaith.org/

vatican.va/phome_en.htm

Please Come & Debate us, - if U have the intellectual & intestinal fortitude ! goto:
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BRING IT ON !
:-)

To Quote Bishop Fulton Sheen:
“There are not over a hundred people in the United States (World) 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….”


No doubt most of your views about the Catholic Faith (the Truly Original Christians) are formed by the "trustworthy" MSM, & fueled by the Anti-Catholic Rantings by the likes of mormans, jehovah witness & SDA, Jack Chick, & all other professional anti-catholic cults / activists !

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