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Saint of 9/11

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Source: Catholic News Service

Sir Ian McKellen narrates this moving tribute to Franciscan Father Mychal Judge, the New York fire chaplain who was the first official casualty of the World Trade Center terror attack of Sept. 11, 2001. Director Glenn Holsten's sentimental documentary features heartfelt testimonials from those whose lives he touched: firemen, alcoholics, the homeless, gays and AIDS patients, along all too little footage of Father Judge himself. Father Judge's homosexual orientation and status as a recovered alcoholic are not avoided, but there's an unfortunate inference in the film that in ministering to those groups he was being more compassionate than the church itself. Some disturbing images of the World Trade Center, reference to his gay orientation and former alcohol abuse, and remarks offering questionable criticisms of the church. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.



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