Media Center Pick of the Week

In our Catholic Christian faith tradition, we are compelled to develop an informed conscience and follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit within us. St. Thomas More is an exemplar of this tradition. Fittingly, our Bishops have declared a “Fortnight for Freedom” beginning on the eve of St. Thomas’ feast day. In honor of this great saint, we feature “A Man for All Seasons.” How well I remember the brilliant sunlight and bitter chill as my mother purchased movie tickets on a late December day in Manhattan in 1966. To this day, Paul Scofield’s portrayal of St. Thomas More remains etched into my consciousness. As an eleven year old, I was captivated by this hero of conscience who spoke truth to power and died as a martyr. Here is the epic battle of wills between King Henry VIII and his Chancellor (More) over the king’s divorce of Catherine of Aragon, marriage to Anne Boleyn and assumption of control of the Church in England.

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In our Catholic Christian faith tradition, we are compelled to develop an informed conscience and follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit within us. St. Thomas More is an exemplar of this tradition. Fittingly, our Bishops have declared a “Fortnight for Freedom” beginning on the eve of St. Thomas’ feast day. In honor of this great saint, we feature “A Man for All Seasons.” How well I remember the brilliant sunlight and bitter chill as my mother purchased movie tickets on a late December day in Manhattan in 1966. To this day, Paul Scofield’s portrayal of St. Thomas More remains etched into my consciousness. As an eleven year old, I was captivated by this hero of conscience who spoke truth to power and died as a martyr. Here is the epic battle of wills between King Henry VIII and his Chancellor (More) over the king’s divorce of Catherine of Aragon, marriage to Anne Boleyn and assumption of control of the Church in England. In an “America” magazine column, Father John Kavanaugh urged our deep reflection on the role of conscience. He emphasized our obligation to weigh competing arguments, information and evidence in moral decision-making. Blind acceptance of others’ assertions sidesteps the hard work of conscience formation. St. Thomas More’s understanding of the Magna Carta and its provision of non-interference in church affairs by the crown, informed his conscience about the hot-button issue of his day. Only our considered understanding of immigration and health insurance reforms, abortion, homelessness and capital punishment in light of the teaching of the Catholic Church will enable us to act as moral agents. St. Thomas embraced the cross of Christ in his resistance to prevailing moral acquiescence. He endures as a faithful gospel witness. During imprisonment, his heart overflowed with thankfulness to our dear Lord. To his beloved daughter, Margaret, he wrote: “His grace has strengthened me until now and made me content to lose goods, land and life as well, rather than to swear against my conscience.” This 120 minute DVD is presented in English with optional French and/or Portuguese subtitles. Order this title from the Media Resource Center @ https://www.orlandodiocese.org/en/ministriesoffices/media-center,  or call Dan Hardester or Diane Gallagher@ 407-246-4895 (or 4897). In honor of Father’s Day, check out the 11 minute documentary entitled: “Caine’s Arcade” about an intrepid nine year old, his hard-working and loving dad and the miracle of community @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=faIFNkdq96U.  
(Dan Hardester serves as Secretary of the Evangelization Secretariat and Director of the Media Center.)