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The Bounty Hunter

By
John Mulderig
Source: Catholic News Service

The mean-spirited proceedings that occupy most of the running time of "The Bounty Hunter" (Columbia/Relativity)—a muddled, easily forgettable mix of romantic comedy and crime story—begin when Milo Boyd (Gerard Butler), a washed-up former cop who's now the fugitive tracker of the title, gets the delightful news that his latest target is his detested ex-wife, journalist Nicole Hurley (Jennifer Aniston).

A dedicated reporter, Nicole has ended up on the wrong side of the law after skipping a court date in order to pursue a potential case of police corruption.

The erstwhile couple's charming interaction—Milo has little difficulty in tracking Nicole down—sees him locking her in the trunk of his car, her attempting to escape by jabbing him with a lighted emergency flare, his chasing after her and tackling her to the ground; and that's all before a set of handcuffs and a Taser stun gun come into play.

In between taking their aggressions out on each other, the pair gets entangled in the conspiracy that got Nicole in trouble in the first place. So it's not long before they're on the lam together, dodging bullets from bad men in black vans and—far less successfully—a renewed hail of arrows from Cupid's bow.

By this time, however, any potentially heartwarming elements in director Andy Tennant's predictable tale of rekindling romance have long since been lost amid the frenetic shuffle.

The film contains some action violence, scenes of torture, brief rear nudity, several sexual jokes and references, about eight uses of profanity and a bit of rough and much crude language. 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 PG-13—parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.

*****
John Mulderig is on the staff of the Office for Film & Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.



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Cornelius: 
		<p>There was no pope for 14 months after the martyrdom of St. Fabian because of the intensity of the persecution of the Church. During the interval, the Church was governed by a college of priests. St. Cyprian, a friend of Cornelius, writes that Cornelius was elected pope "by the judgment of God and of Christ, by the testimony of most of the clergy, by the vote of the people, with the consent of aged priests and of good men." </p>
		<p>The greatest problem of Cornelius's two-year term as pope had to do with the Sacrament of Penance and centered on the readmission of Christians who had denied their faith during the time of persecution. Two extremes were finally both condemned. Cyprian, primate of North Africa, appealed to the pope to confirm his stand that the relapsed could be reconciled only by the decision of the bishop. </p>
		<p>In Rome, however, Cornelius met with the opposite view. After his election, a priest named Novatian (one of those who had governed the Church) had himself consecrated a rival bishop of Rome—one of the first antipopes. He denied that the Church had any power to reconcile not only the apostates, but also those guilty of murder, adultery, fornication or second marriage! Cornelius had the support of most of the Church (especially of Cyprian of Africa) in condemning Novatianism, though the sect persisted for several centuries. Cornelius held a synod at Rome in 251 and ordered the "relapsed" to be restored to the Church with the usual "medicines of repentance." </p>
		<p>The friendship of Cornelius and Cyprian was strained for a time when one of Cyprian's rivals made accusations about him. But the problem was cleared up. </p>
		<p>A document from Cornelius shows the extent of organization in the Church of Rome in the mid-third century: 46 priests, seven deacons, seven subdeacons. It is estimated that the number of Christians totaled about 50,000. </p>
		<p>Cornelius died as a result of the hardships of his exile in what is now Civitavecchia (near Rome). <br /> </p>
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