The Angelus - January/February 2022: The Art of Film

Although film and television were envisioned as another means to bring human artistry to a wider audience, it did not take long for unscrupulous persons to exploit this forum to spread vice.

Dear Reader,

As we enter the Year of Our Lord 2022, I wish you all a Happy Holy New Year. After nearly two years of anxiety, uncertainty, and hardship brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, I pray that the fallout from all its consequences will soon be behind us. The work of the Society of Saint Pius X, including publishing The Angelus magazine, continues despite the obstacles that have been placed in our path. Our excellent team of writers, designers, and editors are dedicated to bringing you what we think is the best traditional Catholic magazine available today. Moreover, while supply chain slowdowns have caused some delays, I am happy to report that this magazine and all of Angelus Press’s publications will continue to be available in due course.

In this issue, we look at the medium of cinema from a Catholic perspective. As many of you are no doubt aware, the history of film and, by extension, television and online streaming has been fraught with abuse. Although envisioned as another means to bring human artistry to a wider audience, it did not take long for unscrupulous persons to exploit this forum to spread vice. Therefore, Catholics, particularly Catholic parents, must remain on guard against the corrupting force film too often proves to be. At the same time, however, film has been a vehicle to deliver profoundly edifying messages and create a permanent telling of some of the greatest stories ever told, from the works of Shakespeare to tales from the Bible.

While each of us must search our conscience to decide which, if any, films they wish to see, it is a topic well worth considering. Just as we should not be too hasty to condemn the entire cinematic enterprise, we should always be on guard against any artistic expression that may normalize sin. Recommendations must always be taken with a grain of salt. As we are told, we must prove all things and hold fast to that which is good.

Fr. John Fullerton





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     - Dr. William Fahey
  • Place, Loyalty, and Humanity in Denis Villeneuve’s "Dune"

    Gabriel S. Sanchez, J.D.


  • Context: A Snapshot of the History of Film

    Helena Davis
  • Commentary: Top Ten Catholic Films

    - John A. Monaco
  • Literature: Film Icons vs. Literary Symbols Jonathan Wanner

    - Jonathan Wanner
  • Art: A Spanish Mystic of Paint -  Francisco de Zurburan

    - Andrew Latham
  • History: The Catholic Films Still Begging to Be Produced:

     - John Rao, D. Phil. Oxon.
  • Review: Films of Freedom

     - Bridget Bryan


  • From the Archbishop: Be Faithful Transmitters: On Fidelity to Tradition

    - Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre
  • Theology: Cinema and Sanctity

     - Pauper Peregrinus
  • Liturgy: The Canon - Part 5

    - Fr. Christopher Danel
  • Scripture: Meditations on St. John’s Gospel—Chapter Eleven

     - Pauper Inutilis
  • Questions & Answers

    Fr. Juan Carlos Iscara, SSPX

THE LAST WORD - Fr. David Sherry, SSPX

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