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A gorgeous trailer for an exciting project–it’s been going on for a long time:
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Thank you for posting! Can’t wait for this series to be released in the Fall of 2011.
This is beautiful beautiful work. It struck me that in this film, the Roman Catholic Church is laying claim to some places and history (the patriarchiate of Jerusalem, the Hagia Sophia) where she has no right and is also ignoring/denying her sins and deeds against Christ, against fellow Christians, against Scripture and Christendom in order to vaunt and gain power for herself.
If only the talent and effort given to this project were for Jesus Christ and Christianity rather than for the glory of one organization.
I agree with Jeanne. It looks like Fr Barron is bringing home the “catholicity” of the Church — that is the faith for all people at all times in all places — which is manifest in the Roman Catholic Church in a way that it simply is not anywhere else.
I believe the series is called “Catholicism”, not “Roman Catholicism”. There are something like 23 churches, one of which is Roman, in the Catholic Church.
“…the Roman Catholic Church is laying claim to some places and history … where she has no right and is also ignoring/denying her sins and deeds against Christ, against fellow Christians, against Scripture and Christendom in order to vaunt and gain power for herself.”
Unless you’ve seen more of this film than what is shown here, Anna, I’m not sure it’s fair to say the above about it. I’m not a Roman Catholic, but I have no objection to them putting out a film that puts forth their best work and their best aspirations. They certainly have had to suffer enormous public awareness of the sins of some of their representatives, and more than one Pope has publicly confessed and apologized for those sins. I thank God for the best parts of who they are as a Church as I do for the best parts of my own Church. As for sins, I suspect it’s better for all of us to repent of our own sins rather then to condemn the sins of others.
Anna, I think you’re missing the point. For the first millennium and a half Christian and Catholic were synonymous. That Rome alone of the 5 great diocese of antiquity (Jerusalem, Antioch, Constantinople, Alexandria and Rome) remains in (arguably) in Christian hands does not mean that Catholicism is confined to the Roman Rite. “Catholic Church,” after all means “Universal Church” not “Parish of Rome.” From what I’ve seen in the clip the program is a celebration of that universality.
Careful Herkybird catholic means universal church whereas Catholic means the organization to which Fr. Baron is a member. As a non-Catholic I look forward to watching this from the universal church standpoint and I hope it does not become Catholic propaganda.
You see, Anna Barnes, you need to not speak about things of which you clearly do not know. The Catholic Church’s very existence is for nothing more than to give glory to Jesus Christ. She doesn’t lay claim to any of the places you mention, and her members never profess to be anything more than sinners in need of redemption. Come to think of it, did you even listen to the words of the trailer or did you simply watch it with your volume turned down? I for one am glad that an orthodox Catholic is taking the step to effectively tell our story. For far too long the Protestants and secular humanists have been the ones who have been erroneously telling it. May God grant Fr. Barron many years.
Wonderful! I sent links to a friend and also our parochial vicar!
Yeah, I’ve attended mass in St. Peters in Rome, but I’ve also attended mass said under a tree in rural Zimbabwe, in a parish in rural Colombia, among Native Americans in Minnesota, and of course here in the Philippines.
It would be nice to “educate” folks that the church is indeed universal.
Beautiful clip. I look forward to the series.
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