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Catholics - 1973
Character:   Father Kinsella
Inner doubts of faith plague an aging Irish abbot (Howard) and touch a young social activist priest (Sheen).   These are temporarily put aside by a fervent display of faith by a community of Irish monks.   This film has also been distributed under the title "Conflict".
Cast members include:  Trevor Howard and Conor Evans
Martin Sheen's Comments...
Sunday Herald Advertiser, November 25, 1973
Sheen measured this role in terms of his craft.
"I find a role more difficult when I pull a trigger and shoot someone's head off," said Sheen, a frequent guest star this television season in action drama.   "I fear people believe it."
"But when a writer comes along with a good script like this one, I have absolutely no problem at all.   It's not hard for me to interpret what a good writer writes;  it's what they write that is difficult.   I wish I could write like that.
"Having been raised a Catholic, however, I do not believe Catholicism will ever change to the religion depicted in this fable of the future.   It can never come to a point where the Mass is considered merely a pious ritual."
Next role:   Message to My Daughter
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