Catholic Priests in the United States were polled about their favorite films and the results are much different than in years past. A list that used to include such noted films as Boy's Town, Shoes of the Fisherman, and The Bells of St. Mary's now appears much different.
As the times have changed and the Priests have come out of the closet, the 2009 choices are nowhere near the same.
Father Francis O'Reilly of the Los Angeles Diocese revealed the top ten films (in no particular order), as selected by a vote of Priests nationwide. His comments follow:
- Stand By Me "What a courageous little film about a group of boys who seem to be on a mission."
- The Sandlot "What those boys really needed was some spiritual guidance when they spent the night in that tree house."
- Lord of the Flies "I would have loved to be on that island as a part of their adventures."
- The Home Alone films "Poor Kevin. I'm sure that many of us would have loved to give him comfort in his feelings of abandonment and lonliness."
- Hoosiers "Those old style basketball pants were much shorter, much nicer, and easier to move around in. I prefer that style."
- Bugsy Malone "Isn't it cute how they made a movie starring no one but kids playing all of the parts? Some of them seem so tough as those gangsters. I love a kid who really shows determination."
- Chariots of Fire "The music of Vangelis and the young, strong, athletic young men running on the beach. What more can be said?"
- Newsies "I remember all of the young boys who delivered my papers. They always got me up in the morning."
- Lost Boys "Those bad kids just bring out the devil in me."
- Peter Pan "In every Priest is that secret desire to go and have adventures in Never Never Land."