God­less truth

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“There are [. . . ] a vast num­ber of films that point to im­por­tant truths about hu­man ex­is­tence with­out nec­es­sar ily tap­ping into some­thing that is quintessen­tially Chris­tian or Catholic.

“This can be true even of films that are bleak and god­less — lit­er­ally. If so many movies to­day are de­press­ing and des­per­ate, it is be­cause they are an ac­cu­rate (and hence in­struc­tive) mir­ror of the hell that is life bereft of grace or hope. As Pope John Paul II is re­puted to have said, ‘We owe sec­u­lar artists ap­pre­ci­a­tion for show­ing us what the world with­out God looks like.’

“Any­one, for ex­am­ple, who has seen the orig­i­nal 1966 ver­sion of ‘Al­fie’ (star­ring Michael Caine), with its re­al­is­tic por­trayal of an abor­tion, knows ex­actly what that state­ment means.”

— Michael P. Fo­ley, writ­ing on “Four and a Half Kinds of Catholic Films,” in the July/Au­gust edi­tion of Cri­sis mag­a­zine

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