Controversial for its time, The Catholics stars Trevor Howard in a powerhouse performance as the Abbot in charge of a remote Irish monastery in Mork, Eire. In defiance of an edict from Rome, the Abbot and his monks, elect to travel to the Irish mainland in order to celebrate the Mass in Latin. Refusing to bow down to Papal pressure and use English for their Mass, the monks of Mork soon become celebrated amongst orthodox Catholics and Eire turns into a place of international pilgrimage. Alarmed by the Abbot s populist move, Rome acts to quell the dissent when The Father General (Raf Vallone) sends his representative Father Kinsella (Martin Sheen) to force the Abbot to cease the Latin masses or be transferred to another position. When the two men argue against each other s religious beliefs and interpretations, the Abbot discovers that it is not just the teachings of his church that he has come to question, but the very basis of his own belief in God. Catholics was made entirely on location in Southern Ireland.
Release Date: 20 October 2008