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A Love Song for Bobby Long

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Source: Catholic News Service

Lazily paced triangular drama set in New Orleans about a wayward teenager (Scarlett Johansson) who moves into the house left her by her late, estranged mother, only to find it occupied by two of her mother's friends: a former literature professor turned drunkard (John Travolta) haunted by past sins, and his young protege (Gabriel Macht), both of whom reform their broken lives to help her reclaim her future. As directed by first-timer Shainee Gabel, the uneven film is weighed down by too much Southern schmaltz, but has some good performances and imparts an ultimately redemptive message about family and forgiveness. Alcohol abuse and recurring rough and sexually crude language and humor, as well as some profanity. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.

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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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