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POLL: Your Favorite Catholic Movies

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This Fourth of July weekend is big at the box office, and Benedictine College’s Catholic Hall of Fame wants to know your favorite “Proudly Catholic” movies.

We have fixed the bugs in our poll; vote here for up to five movies (if you voted before, you can vote again for one week only).

The Gregorian Institute promotes Catholic identity in public life, and so we are looking for movies that do that: Think Les Miserables, For Greater Glory and The Rite. In my classes, I like to show movies that thoughtfully critique Catholic identity. Those movies (Doubt and Breach, for instance) are great, but not what we’re looking for here.

When I was first brought into the fold of practicing Catholicism by friends in college, movies were a big part of my informal instruction. I was given Chesterton to read, a Rosary to pray, mortal sins to confess … and movies to watch. My new Catholic crowd could quote lines from Beckett and A Man for All Seasons. Their favorite Hitchcock was I Confess. Watching these movies helped me understand (and enter) the culture of Catholicism in America.

Now, as a father raising children, I reinforce Catholic identity with my own children through movies. The Trouble With Angels for vocations; The Scarlet and the Black for moral courage; Angels With Dirty Faces for mercy; Heaven Knows, Mr. Alison for perseverance. There are “Proudly Catholic” B movies for every sport: The Perfect Game for baseball, The Mighty Macs for basketball, Rudy for football.

Vote for up to five and look to The Gregorian Institute for follow ups on where to find the movies on the list.

Tom Hoopes

Tom Hoopes

Tom Hoopes is vice president of college relations at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. A former reporter in the Washington, D.C., area, he served as press secretary of U.S. House Ways & Means Chairman Bill Archer and then spent 10 years as executive editor of the National Catholic Register newspaper and Faith & Family magazine. He writes weekly for Catholic Vote, the National Catholic Register and Aleteia. His work frequently appears in Catholic publications such as Catholic Digest. He lives in Atchison, Kansas, with his wife, April, and nine children.

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