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Young Adam

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Source: Catholic News Service

Bleak tale set in Glasgow during the 1950s about a young Scottish drifter (Ewan McGregor) working and living on a coal barge, who becomes entangled in a web of adulterous seduction and death when the discovery of a drowned woman opens the book on a dark secret from his past. Underneath its fashionably somber nihilism, faux literary weightiness and exploitative eroticism, director David Mackenzie's feature debut is little more than a cheerless exercise in existential gloom, which suffocates under the weight of its own self-importance and, despite a superb cast, quickly plummets into a dyspeptic fog of pretension and pessimism as bleak as the gray Scottish sky. Recurring explicit sexual encounters with full frontal nudity, a pervasive nihilism, intermittent rough and crude language. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is NC-17 -- no one 17 and under admitted.

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<p>At the time there were abuses and vestiges of paganism evident in his diocese, and these he was determined to battle and overcome. His principal weapon was the short sermon, and many of them have come down to us. They do not contain great originality of thought. They are, however, full of moral applications, sound in doctrine and historically significant in that they reveal Christian life in fifth-century Ravenna. So authentic were the contents of his sermons that, some 13 centuries later, he was declared a doctor of the Church by Pope Benedict XIII. He who had earnestly sought to teach and motivate his own flock was recognized as a teacher of the universal Church. </p><p>In addition to his zeal in the exercise of his office, Peter Chrysologus was distinguished by a fierce loyalty to the Church, not only in its teaching, but in its authority as well. He looked upon learning not as a mere opportunity but as an obligation for all, both as a development of God-given faculties and as a solid support for the worship of God. </p><p>Some time before his death, St. Peter returned to Imola, his birthplace, where he died around A.D. 450.</p> American Catholic Blog Just as Jesus resolutely traveled to Jerusalem, knowing that crucifixion awaited him, we know that we need to seek God’s will and embrace God’s support in all situations—even the necessarily painful ones.

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