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Orthodoxy vs. Compassion

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"Antonia Bird’s 1995 film “Priest” illuminates the significance of the humanity of Jesus, as does The Gospel of Luke. The controversial issues of homosexuality, the seal of confession, and the oath of celibacy are examined from a human perspective throughout “Priest.” This film makes it apparent that when we apply the humanity of Jesus to these issues, there is a revelation that the Catholic Church acts in opposition to the Jesus represented in Luke. The Gospel of Luke depicts Jesus as a man with compassion for all human beings. Jesus rejects the judgments the religious authorities impose on individuals, and is himself condemned and crucified for disobeying religious doctrines. This film raises the ancient issue of society, valuing orthodoxy over compassion, and more recently, Christianity over Jesus."

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