Calvary – not what you expected
From http://cal-catholic.com/wordpress/ : The following comes from an Apr. 17 posting on ThinkingFaith.org.
In the eyes of many, the revelations of the past few years have ruined much of the Church’s credibility. The evils of the abuse perpetrated by priests, professed religious and laity have struck at the very heart of the Church’s identity. The pain and anguish this has caused is perhaps felt strongest in Ireland, not only because of the huge number of scandals that have come to light, but also because of the role of the Church in Irish life and society. The scandals have taken their toll. Mass attendance, generally used as the good judge of both religious belief and trust in the institutional Church, has fallen from 91% in 1972 to 30% in 2011.[i]
Prior to watching Calvary, then, I expected this Irish Film Board-funded film to present a view of the priesthood and of the Church which was entirely negative, without any redeeming qualities. But what the film achieves is much more powerful. By simply showing a faithful priest, the film points to the weakness and failure of other priests who abuse their position and, through their position, other people.
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran
Certificate: 15 (100 mins)
UK release date: 11 April 2014
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