Los Angeles priest supports films that ‘promote truth, beauty and goodness’

The path to priesthood doesn’t often include stops on the sets of soap operas. But for Father Don Woznicki, a stint as a production assistant for the NBC soap “Sunset Beach” in 1998 (the same year he entered the Mundelein Seminary to begin his formation as a priest) was a pivotal part of his exploration of his “calling within a calling” — his deep-seated desire to evangelize … [Read more...]

The real drama of “Ignatius”

What will Jesuit-produced movie reveal?

California Catholic Daily exclusive. On March 4 at 6 p.m., San Francisco’s Star of the Sea parish will join other parishes around the country in a screening of the new movie “Ignatius of Loyola.” The film, a treatment of the life of St. Ignatius, founder of the Society of Jesus, was produced by Jesuit Communications Philippines. From the film’s website: “A modern and … [Read more...]

Condemned films featured in nun’s series

Pauline Sister Rose Pacatte hosts cable series on old films forbidden by Catholic Legion of Decency

The following comes from a March 1 Catholic San Francisco article by Christina Gray: Many of this year’s Oscar-nominated films would likely have been stamped “condemned” if they were made during the era of the Catholic Legion of Decency, according to Catholic film critic Pauline Sister Rose Pacatte, host of a month-long film series in March aired by Turner Classic … [Read more...]

Shining a ‘Spotlight’ on Hollywood duplicity and bias

What the film got wrong about the Church's sex abuse tragedy

The following comes from a November 30 Crisis Magazine article by Anne Hendershott: Portrayed as a villain in Spotlight, the new film describing the clergy abuse scandal, Jack Dunn, the media spokesman for Boston College, and trustee for Boston College High School, has hired a lawyer to demand that the scene portraying him as a cold and callous bureaucrat—caring nothing for … [Read more...]

What real, beautiful consecrated life is like

“For Love Alone” to screen in San Francisco & Los Angeles May 15 & 16

The following comes from a May 7 email from one of our readers: In the months of May and June there will be a traveling screening throughout the United States and Canada of the documentary film For Love Alone. The film, a joint production of the Conference of Major Superiors of Women Religious and Grassroots Films “highlights the lives of women religious throughout the … [Read more...]