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Mission accomplished: Vatican blesses Blues Brothers
nypost ^ | June 19, 2010 | TODD VENEZIA

Posted on 06/19/2010 6:36:09 AM PDT by JoeProBono

They really were "on a mission from God."

In a stunning move by the Vatican, the classic Dan Aykroyd-John Belushi comedy film "The Blues Brothers" was declared a "Catholic classic" alongside more pious films such as "The Ten Commandments" and "The Passion of the Christ."

The announcement was made in the Vatican's official newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, corresponding with 30th anniversary of the release of the film.

"As a former altar boy from age 6 . . . but a somewhat lapsed Catholic, I was delighted with the endorsement," Aykroyd said in a message to The Post yesterday.

AYKROYD & BELUSHI On a mission from God."My local monsignor will immediately be receiving a check for parish needs."

L'Osservatore editor Gian Maria Vian praised the flick for its plot, in which Jake Blues (Belushi) and his brother Elwood (Aykroyd) battle cops, neo-Nazis and crazed country fans in a bid to save the Catholic orphanage where they were raised....

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Religion; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: bluesbrothers; danaykroyd; film; johnbelushi; vatican

1 posted on 06/19/2010 6:36:09 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

Well isn’t that special.


2 posted on 06/19/2010 6:37:09 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Liberals frolic at ersatz enlightenment because conservatives keep the savages from the door.")
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To: Happy Rain
I consider this a life changing event, don't you?

/sarc

3 posted on 06/19/2010 6:39:25 AM PDT by BipolarBob (Even the earth is bipolar.)
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To: JoeProBono

Look around, It’s obvious that the Creator has a sense of humor. It’s good at least one of the churches does too.


4 posted on 06/19/2010 6:40:59 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Obama. Chauncey Gardiner without the homburg.)
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To: JoeProBono

RE: “Vatican blesses Blues Brothers”

Um no. L’Osservatore Romano did.


5 posted on 06/19/2010 6:41:05 AM PDT by big'ol_freeper ("Anyone pushing Romney must love socialism...Piss on Romney and his enablers!!" ~ Jim Robinson)
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To: big'ol_freeper

6 posted on 06/19/2010 6:57:02 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: BipolarBob

7 posted on 06/19/2010 7:07:13 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

Pretty soon they will be official saints of the RCC.


8 posted on 06/19/2010 7:08:43 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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9 posted on 06/19/2010 7:12:04 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Happy Rain

10 posted on 06/19/2010 7:13:11 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: muir_redwoods

11 posted on 06/19/2010 7:22:34 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: Happy Rain; JoeProBono

Yes, it is special. They did it for “The Penguin” aka, the Sister who ran the Catholic orphange.


12 posted on 06/19/2010 7:56:04 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: JoeProBono
What's not to like about The Blues Brothers? John and Dan made the Mother Superior the central motivating force in the lives of two misfits. What decency they possess comes from the Catholic orphangae and selfless service provided by nuns and other Catholics.

The Church recognizes flattery when it sees it. Why not recommend it? Besides, anyone who doesn't like Jake and Elwood has major problems. Best musical since Rodgers and Hammerstein stopped writing.

"Hey, there ain't nothin' wrong with that piano, man!"

13 posted on 06/19/2010 7:56:49 AM PDT by ARepublicanForAllReasons (BORDERS, LAWS and LANGUAGE)
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To: GreyFriar

Sister Mary Stigmata (aka 'The Penguin') ran the St Helen of the Blessed Shroud Orphanage, where she helped to raise Jake and Elwood.


14 posted on 06/19/2010 8:03:47 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono
While there is an unacceptable and unnecessary level of vulgarity in the film, I've long thought it had some very Catholic themes, dealing with such things as efficacious grace (gratia efficax) (their car falls apart as soon as they get to Daley Plaza), redemption, purgatory (consider that they are "forgiven," but still must serve their time in prison), etc.
15 posted on 06/19/2010 8:04:36 AM PDT by B Knotts (Just another Tenther)
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To: ARepublicanForAllReasons

16 posted on 06/19/2010 8:05:07 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: B Knotts

17 posted on 06/19/2010 8:10:36 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

"That's a lot of entertainment for just two bucks, folks."

18 posted on 06/19/2010 8:18:34 AM PDT by ARepublicanForAllReasons (BORDERS, LAWS and LANGUAGE)
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To: zot; Interesting Times; SeraphimApprentice

Blues Brothers Ping


19 posted on 06/19/2010 8:19:19 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: GreyFriar

Blues Brothers "Soul Man" Live


20 posted on 06/19/2010 8:35:29 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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21 posted on 06/19/2010 8:44:50 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

Hmm, not sure who that Senator is, but he sure looks like one of those Chicago politicians.


22 posted on 06/19/2010 9:00:40 AM PDT by ARepublicanForAllReasons (BORDERS, LAWS and LANGUAGE)
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To: JoeProBono

“Our Lady of Blessed Acceleration, don’t fail me now.”


23 posted on 06/19/2010 9:04:16 AM PDT by GourmetDan (Eccl 10:2 - The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.)
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To: JoeProBono
L’Osservatore Romano needs something to do.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

24 posted on 06/19/2010 9:06:41 AM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: JoeProBono

Importantly, in the movie there is an important bit of ecumenism, which wouldn’t be missed by the church.

After being given their mission, they are in despair over how to raise the funds until they go to an Evangelical church, where Reverend Cleophus James (James Brown) inspires them to reform their band.


25 posted on 06/19/2010 9:07:13 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy (Two New Episodes of 'Futurama', this June 24th, on Comedy Central)
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To: The Comedian

26 posted on 06/19/2010 9:09:22 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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27 posted on 06/19/2010 9:10:52 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

Willie ‘Too Big’ Hall:

“You’ll never get Matt and Mr. Fabulous out of them high-payin’ gigs.”

Jake:

“Oh yeah? Well me and the Lord, we have an understanding.”


28 posted on 06/19/2010 9:17:15 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("Oh yeah? Well me and the Lord, we have an understanding." - Jake Blues)
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To: JoeProBono
The prophetic Jake Blues:

"I hate Illinois Nazis."

29 posted on 06/19/2010 9:19:08 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("I hate Illinois Nazis.")
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To: JoeProBono

Reverend Cleophus James:

Praise God!

Elwood:

And God bless the United States of America!


30 posted on 06/19/2010 9:20:55 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("I hate Illinois Nazis.")
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To: JoeProBono

Mrs. Tarantino:

Are you the police?

Elwood:

No, ma’am. We’re musicians.


31 posted on 06/19/2010 9:22:09 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("I hate Illinois Nazis.")
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To: EternalVigilance


32 posted on 06/19/2010 9:23:20 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Visualize)
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To: JoeProBono

Elwood:

It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark, and we’re wearing sunglasses.

Jake:

Hit it.


33 posted on 06/19/2010 9:26:14 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("I hate Illinois Nazis.")
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To: JoeProBono

Elwood:

This is definitely Lower Wacker Drive! If my estimations are correct, we should be very close to the Honorable Richard J. Daley Plaza!

Jake:

That’s where they got that Picasso.

Elwood:

Yep.


34 posted on 06/19/2010 9:27:15 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("I hate Illinois Nazis.")
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To: JoeProBono

Anyway...this has to be the line that made this story happen:

Elwood:

“I’m going to become a priest.”


35 posted on 06/19/2010 9:30:15 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("I hate Illinois Nazis.")
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To: JoeProBono

Cook County Assessor’s Office Clerk:

Can I help you?

[the brothers back him up and lift him onto the counter]

Jake:

This is where they pay the taxes, right?

Cook County Assessor’s Office Clerk:

Right.

Elwood:

This money is for the year’s assessment of Saint Helen of the Blessed Shroud Orphanage in Calumet City, Illinois.

Jake:

5,000 bucks, it’s all there pal...


36 posted on 06/19/2010 9:33:41 AM PDT by EternalVigilance ("I hate Illinois Nazis.")
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To: GreyFriar

Thanks for the ping. I haven’t seen this movie.


37 posted on 06/19/2010 1:37:55 PM PDT by zot
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To: EternalVigilance

The “assessor” was Steven Spielberg..


38 posted on 06/19/2010 3:51:52 PM PDT by max americana
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To: JoeProBono


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

39 posted on 06/20/2010 12:01:35 AM PDT by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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