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Running With Scissors

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Source: Catholic News Service

Author Augusten Burroughs' best-selling memoirs about his wildly unconventional adolescence during which his mentally fragile mother (Annette Bening), estranged from her husband (Alec Baldwin), sent the boy (Joseph Cross) to be raised by her quack psychiatrist (Brian Cox) and his extremely dysfunctional family (Jill Clayburgh, Gwyneth Paltrow, Evan Rachel Wood, Joseph Fiennes). Director Ryan Murphy's episodic adaptation -- which may puzzle those unfamiliar with the book -- handles the provocative material with sensitivity, toning down the racier elements. Though some of the situations are, in themselves, morally objectionable (making the film unpalatable for many), the overall tone and resolution have a distinctly moral center. Pervasive rough language and profanity, a couple of discreetly handled same-sex relationships including a disturbing age-inappropriate one, other sexual themes and innuendo, scatological humor, drug use, domestic violence, an irreverent remark, discussion of suicide. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.



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<p>Raymond was born at Palma on the island of Mallorca in the Mediterranean Sea. He earned a position in the king’s court there. One day a sermon inspired him to dedicate his life to working for the conversion of the Muslims in North Africa. He became a Secular Franciscan and founded a college where missionaries could learn the Arabic they would need in the missions. Retiring to solitude, he spent nine years as a hermit. During that time he wrote on all branches of knowledge, a work which earned him the title "Enlightened Doctor." </p><p>Raymond then made many trips through Europe to interest popes, kings and princes in establishing special colleges to prepare future missionaries. He achieved his goal in 1311 when the Council of Vienne ordered the creation of chairs of Hebrew, Arabic and Chaldean at the universities of Bologna, Oxford, Paris and Salamanca. At the age of 79, Raymond went to North Africa in 1314 to be a missionary himself. An angry crowd of Muslims stoned him in the city of Bougie. Genoese merchants took him back to Mallorca, where he died. Raymond was beatified in 1514.</p> American Catholic Blog Let’s not forget these words: The Lord never tires of forgiving us, never. The problem is that we grow tired; we don’t want to ask, we grow tired of asking for forgiveness.

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