New summer blockbuster, Ravening Wolves II, not as good as the original
Albuquerque, NM – On June 25, the latest horror movie from the AUSCP
(Association of U.S. Catholic Priests) will premiere in Albuquerque. From the
looks of the trailer, it’s a disjointed ride through Catholic tradition, whose
only goal is destruction.
The actual title of the movie – The Church in a Post-Modern World: Spirituality
and Ministry in a Secular Age – is a mouthful, so we’ll refer to it as RWII.
It stars (Sister) Katarina Schuth, (Father) Richard Rohr, and Bishop Robert
McElroy. Not sure why Sister Schuth and Father Rohr are not using their
religious appellations, but that’s what’s shown on the trailer, which can be
viewed at the movie’s website,
Bishop McElroy needs no introduction. We still remember his interview with
America magazine, the Jesuit house organ, concerning Father James Martin’s
book, at which time the Bishop said: The second corrosive impulse of the
campaign against “Building a Bridge” flows from a distortion of Catholic moral
theology. The goal of the Catholic moral life is to pattern our lives after
that of Jesus Christ. We must model our interior and exterior selves on the
virtues of faith, love, hope, mercy, compassion, integrity, sacrifice,
prayerfulness, humility, prudence and more. One of these virtues is chastity.
Chastity is a very important virtue of the Christian moral life. The disciple
is obligated to confine genital sexual activity to marriage. But chastity is
not the central virtue in the Christian moral life.
LGBTQ’s unite, under the banner of Bishop McElroy’s church! For this movie, the
producers are prominently playing up McElroy’s comments to NCR where he
challenges organizers to disrupt and rebuild. Look after your children if you
bring them to this movie !!
For comic relief, the writer’s have included the usually reliable Father Rohr.
This time out, he’s conducting a retreat. In previous appearances, Father
wrote in his book, The Naked Now: Learning To See As the Mystics See
[Crossroads, 2009] that “The most amazing fact about Jesus, unlike almost any
other religious founder, is that he found God in disorder and imperfectionand
told us that we must do the same or we would never be content on this earth …
Surely God does not exist so that we can think correctly about Him – or Her.”
Is that hilarious? But I’m not sure it has a place in this movie, or any other
movie, for that matter. If Father has to appear, the writer’s might have done
better to include scenes from a 2015 “Mass” where Father received and then
distributed communion at an Episcopal church in Manhattan,
Sister Schuth is a bit of a newcomer to the cinema, but with her background, she
should be a welcome addition to a horror flick like this. Her 22 books include
the award-winning Holy Saturday: An Argument for the Restoration of the Female
Diaconate in the Catholic Church (Crossroad), and Women & Catholicism: Gender,
Communion, and Authority (Palgrave-Macmillan). Her other books include In the
Image of Christ: Essays on Being Catholic and Female(ACTA), Women Deacons?
Essays with Answers (Liturgical), Women Deacons: Past, Present, Future
(Paulist), and Women in Ministry (Paulist), all investigating questions about
women in the diaconate.
To tie this ensemble cast together, the producers have brought in the Archbishop
of Santa Fe, John C. Wester, to offer Mass. Nothing like a patina of Roman
Catholicism in a horror movie. But if the Archbishop is our shepherd, wouldn’t
it be his duty to protect us from the ravening wolves? Do we really need the
Archbishop dressed as a shepherd, feeding on innocent lambs? Is there no level
to which the producers will not stoop while pursuing their modernist agenda? Is
there nothing sacred, not even the Catholic Church? Must we continue to crucify
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