I just read at The Catholic Thing a review by Brad Miner of the movie from Martin Scorsese Silence, from Shusaku Endo’s book.
Here is the bottom line from the review:
Scorsese’s Silence is not a Christian film by a Catholic filmmaker, but a justification of faithlessness: apostasy becomes an act of Christian charity when it saves lives, just as martyrdom becomes almost satanic when it increases persecution. “Christ would have apostatized for the sake of love,” Ferreira tells Rodrigues, and, obviously, Scorsese agrees.
I think I won’t go to the movie… which is three hours long. And it is promoted by certain Jesuits… no thanks. I would very much like to see the first version of Silence by Masahiro Shinoda.
I read the book and it left me deeply disturbed. We should all spend time thinking about the Four Last Things… every day. I also firmly believe that we should all try to get our heads into that mental place against the day when we might be called upon to make the Big Choice. Endo raises these questions for the reader, especially the priest reader, in a particularly brutal way. However, he left me depressed.
Fathers, you would do well to read the book.
You might also want to read Lucy Beckett’s The Time Before You Die.
And also John Gerard’s The Autobiography of a Hunted Priest
And… on that note… MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone!
Hmmm… the lyrics become a little melancholy, not to say ominous, in light of the books mentioned above.