Everyone has been viewing this movie through a different lens. Some view it as anti- Catholic, others view it as an honest depiction of life as a missionary and others are undecided as to the motives of the movie at all but enjoy it nevertheless.
I think those that view it as an anti-Catholic movie just want to see either the church shown in a completely good light or perhaps just upset they didn’t get the overall happy ending they wanted and left the cinema disappointed. Having done that they had to have someone to blame which was the director, thus a manifestation of being left a little dry.
I won’t take up any of your time by describing the movie and plot as I’m confident a little googling is all you need to gather that information, rather I just wish to share what I took from the movie, not that what I think is genius or even matters at all.
The priests in the movie are slowly introduced to a denial of their faith. When captured they’re gradually broken down through the experiences of comfort and psychological tactics to bring them away from their Christian faith.
Even though they always remain priests at heart following their denial of their Catholic faith, having allowed themselves become manipulated into silence, deep down they are always priests.
We are all sitting watching this possibly assuming such tactics belong and remain in the 17th century. Today however, we see these tactics still being played upon the Irish Catholic Church by the secular Irish state who, like the Japanese, view the Catholic Church as a threat to their current way of living wishing only to drive it underground and get it privatised at the very least.
Unlike most Christians who still undergo physical torture in the middle east and beyond, the Western Christian undergoes a type of torture being that of comfort and psychological.
Irish Catholic priests are silent, and have been forced into silence by the secular state. Yes they remain priests and continue to say Mass, but they’re notably silent on all important matters pertaining to their Christian faith.
You may think such priests, because they remain as such having a loose faith in Christ and continue to say Mass that somehow they haven’t become apostates but listen to the Lords words to Obadiah:1:13 ”On the day, when you stood aloof while strangers carried off his riches, while foreigners passed through his gate and cast lots for Jerusalem, you were as bad as the rest of them.”
Even though they’re priests, when secularism invades the church making off with the riches of its teachings, those who stay quiet behave just like the enemies of Christ. These priests are known as apostates and people who have chosen the comfortable life of sitting in front of the TV watching the football and news whilst the devil runs rings around them.
These priests are victims of the psychological tactics of western secularism. They’re homilies are silent empty and devoid of all substance when it comes to defending the faith on matters such as abortion and the ever progressive sexual/LGBT movement currently attacking Catholic schools.
They (Certain Clergy) have chosen the life of comfort, having succumbed to the psychological pressure upon them to be silent or be ridiculed not just by the secular state but other silent priests within the Catholic church who themselves want newcomers in the seminary to be just like them because the young traditional boys way of life reveals the silence and evil of their own.
Like the Japanese told the Christians of the 17th century, today the Irish state has silenced the Catholic priests, bishops and cardinals with these words also, that is, ”There is only room for one religion in this country and that is our own”.
You see, evil does not come all at once, if it did we would not be deceived. The Christians are first asked to simply stand on an icon of Jesus or the Blessed Virgin, then they up the ante and get them to do it more often and increase the level of blasphemy they must perform.
Now the Irish state continues to do the same, they slowly introduce us to their ideology and they’ve found a window to do that through our Christian schools. Now having gradually introduced us to the idea that religion shouldn’t belong in schools because it discriminates against others, they have in recent weeks found now the time is right to petition the schools to eliminate religion altogether. Will the priests continue to remain silent? I think so.
Is there even a happy ending to the story of Ireland? I think so. In the movie we saw it was the laity who didn’t deny Christ and were burned and tortured for their faith. Today I see a strong Christian community (Laity) in Ireland who, in spite of their dreadful silent priests, have put their neck on the line and spoke out against the tyrannical atheist philosophy that seeks to pervade and consume their heritage and the future faith of their children.
I see a Laity who will not allow themselves to be forced into SILENCE!