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Soul Men

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Source: Catholic News Service

Good-hearted but frequently crude comedy about two retired soul-music backup singers (Samuel L. Jackson and Bernie Mac) who uneasily reunite and drive across the country to appear in a tribute to their recently deceased front man (singer-songwriter John Legend), joined along the way by the daughter (Sharon Leal) of the woman they both loved and a bumbling record company intern (Adam Herschman). Though director Malcolm D. Lee's buddy movie -- which also features the late rhythm-and-blues star Isaac Hayes as himself—affirms friendship, reconciliation and family responsibility, the strong collaboration of its leads fails to compensate for a formulaic plot and an excess of raunchy humor. Strong sexual content, including graphic nonmarital sexual activity, adultery, upper female and rear nudity, much sexual humor, pervasive rough and crude language, brief irreverence and a comic suicide attempt. 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>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 Prayer should be more listening than speaking. God gave you two ears and one mouth...use them proportionately.

 
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