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Snakes on a Plane

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Source: Catholic News Service

The witness (Nathan Phillips) to a brutal murder in Hawaii is flown to Los Angeles with an FBI agent (Samuel L. Jackson) to testify against a vicious mob boss who unleashes hundreds of poisonous snakes inside the aircraft, causing terror among passengers and crew. The setup of director David R. Ellis' B-movie thriller is, of course, wildly improbable, and it's a wonder that the capable cast (which includes Julianna Margulies, Rachel Blanchard and Bobby Cannavale) can deliver their lines with a straight face, but the premise is undeniably original, and the film, despite flaws, is never dull. The snake attacks, though yucky, are reasonably restrained for the horror genre, but the frequent expletives and occasional sexual elements are objectionable, all the more for being so gratuitous. Frequent rough, crude and profane language, a premarital sexual episode with upper female nudity and drug use, innuendo, intense peril, an off-camera murder and much midair death and devastation. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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<p>A native of Croatia, Leopold joined the Capuchin Franciscans and was ordained several years later in spite of several health problems. He could not speak loudly enough to preach publicly. For many years he also suffered from severe arthritis, poor eyesight and a stomach ailment.
</p><p>Leopold taught patrology, the study of the Church Fathers, to the clerics of his province for several years, but he is best known for his work in the confessional, where he sometimes spent 13-15 hours a day. Several bishops sought out his spiritual advice.
</p><p>Leopold’s dream was to go to the Orthodox Christians and work for the reunion of Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy. His health never permitted it. Leopold often renewed his vow to go to the Eastern Christians; the cause of unity was constantly in his prayers.
</p><p>At a time when Pope Pius XII said that the greatest sin of our time is "to have lost all sense of sin," Leopold had a profound sense of sin and an even firmer sense of God’s grace awaiting human cooperation.
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