Sunday, Sept. 10, 1978
John Paul I’s Sunday Angelus message opened with thoughts on the ongoing Middle East peace talks at Camp David. He spoke of how the three leaders —Muslim, Christian, and Jewish— can all find encouragement for their efforts in their religious traditions’ confidence in God.
President Sadat’s brothers in religion are accustomed to say as follows: “there is pitch darkness, a black stone and on the stone a little ant; but God sees it, and does not forget it”. President Carter, who is a fervent Christian, reads in the Gospel; “Knock, and it will be opened to you; ask, and it will be given you. Even the hairs of your head are all numbered.” And Premier Begin recalls that the Jewish people once passed difficult moments and addressed the Lord complaining and saying: “You have forsaken us, you have forgotten us!” “No!”—He replied through Isaiah the Prophet—”can a mother forget her own child? But even if it should happen, God will never forget his people”.
However, it is what the pope said next which will receive the lasting attention:
Also we who are here have the same sentiments; we are the objects of undying love on the part of God. We know: he has always his eyes open on us, even when it seems to be dark. He is our father; even more he is our mother. He does not want to hurt us, He wants only to do good to us, to all of us. If children are ill, they have additional claim to be loved by their mother. And we too, if by chance we are sick with badness, on the wrong track, have yet another claim to be loved by the Lord.
Unexpectedly, I cannot find any immediate reaction in the newspaper press to the pope’s comment. While it is surely silly to interpret a pope’s single remark as if it reoriented the entire theology of the Catholic Church, I am surprised that the media is not making more hay of this to advance their own agendas.
Paramount Pictures Perturbed Post Pope Paul’s Passing (Spokesman-Review)
Paramount Pictures is reportedly quite concerned over how their July-released comedy, “Foul Play,” will be affected at the box office in light of the recent death of Pope Paul VI. In the movie, Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase (in his first film) foil a plot to kill the fictional Pope Pius XIII. Though the story is farcical, even featuring an albino assassin, it is hard to predict how worldwide audiences will receive it.
What is your favorite Catholic movie and why?