Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Many Crimes of Cain

As the people of Egypt and around the Middle East are rising up against oppressive government (and we hope and pray that it will lead to actual freedom, including religious freedom, in those countries and not greater oppression), if you should ever get the chance, watch the film To Kill a Priest (1988).

Set during the Solidarity freedom movement in communist Poland, and the consequential crackdown and imposition of martial law, the movie is a fictionalized account of the true story of the vicious murder of Blessed Father Jerzy Popiełuszko by the secret police on October 13, 1984. "The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church." Like those martyrs before him, the death of Fr. Popiełuszko only emboldened those who sought freedom for Poland, including one particular Pole named Karol Wojtyla.

Father Popiełuszko was beatified on June 6, 2010. Approximately 120 bishops and 1400 priests were present to concelebrate the Mass.

        (song - Joan Baez, The Crimes of Cain)
The film stars Christopher Lambert, Ed Harris, and Tim Roth. It is not available on DVD, but Amazon does have it for video on-demand (watch on-line), including rental, or a VHS videotape version is available.

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