DAILY CATHOLIC     FRI-SAT-SUN-MON     May 22-25, 1998     vol. 9, no. 100


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    INTRODUCTION      "Getting to the Heart of the Matter" is what Sister Mary Lucy Astuto pinpoints in every issue when she takes a common sense approach to living our faith with her practical columns. In this issue she pulls off the gloves in the insidious attacks against religious and Catholics by Hollywood, specifically the movie depicting nuns as bumbling idiots in Sister Act. She pulls no punches in telling it like it is and we'd be wise to listen to her sage advice because Catholic bashing has become so subtle, so prevalent that sooner or later all will suffer. She brings this point home in her column HOLLYWOOD MAKES "FOOLS" OF NUNS.

         Her column, along with columns by Father John Hampsch, C.M.F. and Father Stephen Valenta, OFM Conv., provide effective, vital insights into our faith and ways of fulfilling God's Will every day in every way. You can visit Sr. Lucy at her web site for Heart of Mary Ministry at http://www.heartofmaryministry.com or you can reach her at Srmarylucy@aol.com by e-mail.


          You could say I am several years too late with this article. Youíre right, but maybe better late than never.

          I RARELY go to movies. If I go to one movie theater a year, that is more than average. I find that most movies today (given their previews) invariably contain at LEAST one scene that portrays the breaking of at least one of Godís Commandments, and frankly I donít find such "entertaining." I am concerned, however, that society today is hardly offended by "sinful" scenes and have become insensitive to the moral decay with which modern movies (and plays) are inundated.

          One evidence of such insensitivity occurred with the movie SISTER ACT! I admit that I went to see that movie because so many people told me how funny it was and how much they liked it. I trusted their judgment.

          I confess that I did laugh at times, but as the movie progressed I became humiliated at how Hollywood was portraying the consecrated life of nuns. Oh, I certainly believe that all of us should be able to laugh at ourselves and I donít think we can have good mental health if we take ourselves too seriously.

          After the movie I thought that Hollywood would not get away with making fun of Jews or black people the way they made fun of "nuns." Hollywood really made the "nuns" in the movie come across like they were absolute idiots who couldnít carry a tune in a tin bucket. It took Whoopi Goldberg, wagging her hips in the sanctuary of a Church to bring the "best" out of the "nuns."???

          How stupid, blasphemous, and what an ingenious tool of "red-sweats."

          Did you see the movie? If so, really try to be objective. Donít you think that the "world" finds it very hard to understand the celibate consecrated life? Hollywood is so imbued with "sex" that they win first prize in not comprehending the words of Jesus, Who in speaking of living celibately said: "Let him take it who can take it."

          Imagine Hollywood making a movie of a group of black people who lacked the ability to feel rhythm in their dance. Or imagine Hollywood making a movie of a group of Jews who acted like idiots about their ancestry? Itís hard for us to imagine such a movie to be tolerated. But "nuns" can be made to look like absolute nerds and people think it is just great!

          May I inform you that most "Sisters" have at least a Bachelorís degree and many, many have Masterís Degrees and Ph Ds. They may not talk about it, but most Sisters I know are very well educated... certainly beyond high school.

          How many professional people are there in our country who were taught in grade school or high school by women religious.

          If you are one of those persons who thought SISTER ACT was terrific I question your sensitivity and respect for what is set apart for the service of God. How subtle the evil one is! He never makes a bad thing look bad! He always makes it look good so that we are drawn to it.

          Unless we have a deep prayer life, we may be easily taken in to mock what the Church holds as sacred. Today Hollywood makes fun of those living a consecrated life. Tomorrow it will make fun of the laymanís Faith. "Watch and pray," Jesus said, "lest you enter into temptation."

          Let's all be a little more sensitive to the Catholic bashing that is so prevalent today and not be afraid to stand up and say "Enough! That not only offends me, but it offends my Lord and my God as well as His dear Blessed Mother and all the angels and saints above!"

          God bless you.

May 22-25, 1998       volume 9, no. 100


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