On a Mission From God?Posted: June 21, 2010
From the Bizarro Department, the Vatican has endorsed the cult film (and one of the greatest movies ever) The Blues Brothers. The Vatican’s official newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano called the film a “Catholic classic” and said it should be recommended viewing for Catholics everywhere. No word on whether the “endorsement” covers the rock ‘n roll lifestyle of John Belushi who died in 1982 after being injected with a lethal “speedball,” a combination of heroin and cocaine.
To refresh your memory, the 1980 film is a story of redemption for paroled convict “Joliet” Jake Blues (Belushi) and his brother Elwood (Dan Akroyd). They take on a “mission from God” to save the Catholic orphanage in which they grew up from foreclosure. To do so they must re-assemble their blues band, The Blues Brothers, and put on a show to raise $5,000 to pay the tax assessor. Car chases, destruction, celebrity cameos, and a lot of great music ensue.
Why do I have a hard time envisioning putting on some dark sunglasses and sitting down with Pope Benedict to watch this classic flick? It could be that my favorite scene of all time takes place not at the orphanage, not at a Roman Catholic church, but at an evangelical church featuring the Rev. Cleophus James, played by the hardest working man in show business, singer James Brown. I dare you to watch this and try to sit still.
If the Romans could pull that off I might even be tempted to join them.