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Screen Door Jesus

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Source: Catholic News Service

Unfocused ensemble piece about the residents of a small Texas town -- including a local seductress (Scarlett McAlister), her philosophizing boyfriend (Mark Dalton), the lustful mayor (Richard Dillard), a guilt-wracked banker (Cliff Stevens), and a Pentecostal grandma (Anjanette Comer) -- whose disparate lives are affected by a "miraculous" image of Christ that appears on the front-porch screen door of one of the townsfolk (Cynthia Dorn). Directed by Kirk Davis, the uneven film -- which unfairly stereotypes a majority of the characters as intolerant rubes -- explores themes of faith, ecumenism, hypocrisy and racism resulting in a meandering collage that waffles between drama and dark comedy while passing an ambiguous verdict on religious belief. Sexual situations and discussions, shadowy suggested nudity, brief violence, an attempted suicide, a few anti-Catholic remarks and racial slurs, some irreverent and irreligious humor, as well as recurring rough and crude language and gestures and an instance of profanity. 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.

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		<p>Born in northern Italy in 1694, Paul Daneo lived at a time when many regarded Jesus as a great moral teacher but no more. After a brief time as a soldier, he turned to solitary prayer, developing a devotion to Christ’s passion. Paul saw in the Lord’s passion a demonstration of God’s love for all people. In turn that devotion nurtured his compassion and supported a preaching ministry that touched the hearts of many listeners. He was known as one of the most popular preachers of his day, both for his words and for his generous acts of mercy. </p>
		<p>In 1720 Paul founded the Congregation of the Passion, whose members combined devotion to Christ’s passion with preaching to the poor and rigorous penances. Known as the Passionists, they add a fourth vow to the traditional three of poverty, chastity, and obedience, to spread the memory of Christ’s passion among the faithful. Paul was elected superior general of the Congregation in 1747, spending the remainder of his life in Rome. </p>
		<p>Paul of the Cross died in 1775, and was canonized in 1867. Over 2000 of his letters and several of his short writings have survived. </p>
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