Saturday, October 01, 2005

A Priest Looks at Emily Rose

A Priest I know and trust writes a fairly positive review of The Exorcism of Emily Rose:

The Catholic Faith does not suffer in Emily Rose. In fact, it fares well enough for a score of eight. Unlike so much superficial religiosity that comes out of Hollywood, this movie was not an attempt to pummel religion in general or the Catholic Faith in particular. The elements of our belief system were not distorted or glossed over, but rather explained accurately when necessary for understanding some part of the message. For example, the priest in the movie, Fr. Richard Moore, gave a rudimentary explanation of the ritual of exorcism of the Church in a way that took out the spooky mysticism of this ancient rite and that must have been enlightening to Catholics and non-believers alike.

Characters in the movie actually mention the name of Jesus Christ numerous times. How often does that happen in Hollywood? The Virgin Mary had a powerful active presence in the life of the possessed woman, Emily Rose. Instead of the caricature of a kooky religion that we have seen time and time again from Hollywood, Catholic churches, rituals, artifacts, religious articles and most importantly, the simple faith of Emily’s family, were treated with reverence and mature insight.

You can read the whole thing by clicking here.

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