A Movie for Conversation
“The Two Popes” Is my favorite movie of 2019. Although related to true events, it’s a fictional movie about pope Benedict and pope Francis. The theological issues it raises provoke great conversations.
-- Thomas Jay Oord, Center for Open and Relational Theology
Francis is clearly the process theologian in the movie.
-- Godehard Bruntrup, responding to Thomas Jay Oord
"The miracle is that the audience can empathize with both of them."
-- Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
Their Dichotomy is a Kind of Harmony
“We are no longer part of this world,” Bergoglio says of the Church. “Change is compromise,” retorts Benedict. “Nothing is static in nature,” replies Bergoglio. “God is unchanging,” says Benedict...They may disagree on nearly everything, but their dichotomy is a kind of harmony.
Their divisions, of course, reflect those nearly everywhere else today, between progress and retreat. And there is considerable comfort in exploring opposite perspectives not through Congressional or Parliamentary rivals but between two kindly old men in a garden. It’s nice to think that such barriers can be broken down amicably — as they are in “The Two Popes” — over pizza and Fanta.
-- Jake Coyle, Associated Press, Film Review, November 26, 2019