May 10, 2022

Faithspotting "Calvary"


Christ Figure Series 3rd of 3

Mike and Kenny conclude the first Faithspotting, Christ Figure Series with the 2014, John Michael McDonagh film Calvary, starring Brendan Gleeson as Father James. In the opening scene, as he is hearing confession, Fr James's life is threatened by a parishioner in retribution for years of sexual abuse committed by another priest and covered up by the Church. 

Father James then goes about ministering in a town full of skeptical, sarcastic, and hurting parishioners as he decides how he will respond to the threat. In doing so he reflects attributes of Christ and has a transformative impact on some of the community.