“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