Over at CatholicVote, I look at the way that Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S. has dominated the news coverage the last few days. There’s so much love for, and interest in, him — and yet most of TV and movies is indifferent or hostile to Catholicism.
As the Apostles would tell us, this is not so much a problem as an opportunity.
Here’s a taste:
I’m not asking you to go out there and exclusively produce religious art. These days, that could be counterproductive, and not even faithful Catholics really want to spend all their time watching Gospel stories. What I’m asking is that you believe what you profess, and that you believe that others should also believe. That may seem to be the opposite of our live-and-let-live, relativistic world, but actually, it’s not.
Plenty of people out there have powerful belief systems — be they connected to sexuality, politics, the environment, whatever — and they have no problem evangelizing the heck out of them all over the place. They may not want you to impose your religion on them, but they have no issue imposing their own worldview on you.
Be confident in the rightness of your cause, the solidity of the Rock upon which you stand, and go forward without fear. Whether you’re shooting a toilet paper commercial, playing the lead in a horror film, editing a music video or arranging financing for an indie film, do it boldly and with the Faith foremost in your mind.
And when you get the chance, promulgate the Truth without compromise. And if you offend someone, remember what deathbed Catholic convert Oscar Wilde once said, “The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about,” or, in showbiz terms, “All publicity is good publicity.”
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