Together with the Vatican Congregation for Clergy, a group in Spain called Home of the Mother (something to do with the EUK Mamie Foundation) has put out a 30 minute video DVD on the vocation to the priesthood.
The DVD is called Alter Christus, which gives you right away that this is not about the priest as "Just call me Bob" or presider of a fuzzy self-affirming faith community.
The DVD is available in many language. The price is $17 or E.12.
Video includes interviews with: Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Julian Herranz, President of the Disciplinary Commission of the Roman Curia, Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, Secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy, Abbot Michael John Zielinski, Vice-President of the Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church, Monsignor Guido Marini, Pontifical Master of Ceremonies, and many others.
Much of it is filmed in Rome.
A good deal of the film shows virile and traditional images of ministry. There is a strong focus on St. John Vianney, Eucharistic adoration and devotions such as Benediction, clerical garb, Mary as Mother of priests, prayer for priests.
There is a good section on the importance of liturgy, perfectly in keeping with Pope Benedict’s Sacramentum caritatis. There clips with Msgr. Guido Marini, the Holy Father’s MC.
I think all of the liturgy clips are of the Novus Ordo, which is a serious flaw. Anything on priesthood which speaks about liturgy today for the Latin, Roman Church must must must also include the other lung of the Roman Rite. If it doesn’t, it is flawed. But I caught a clear glimpse of the unmistakable painting by Guido Reni of the Trinity over the altar of the Extraordinary Form parish in Rome, Ss. Trinita dei Pelegrini. That said, the video is not into guitars and clapping and big puppets and sanctuaries crammed with lay "ministers".
This could be a great video to show to a group of young men.
The video is broken into three parts and is on YouTube and on their HM site. You can watch it.
Here is part one, which is 10 minutes long:
The DVD itself has special bonus features:
Complete interviews with Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, Cardinal Antonio
Cañizares, Cardinal Julián Herranz, Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, Msgr. Guido Marini, Abbot Michael John Zielinski and Msgr. Thierry Blot.
Approx. Dur.: 180 mins