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Voices
John Dougherty is the director of mission and ministry at St. Joseph’s Prep in Philadelphia, Pa.
Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone in 'The Godfather' (IMDB)
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John Dougherty
The fact that audiences see the story as aspirational is more of a reflection on us as fallen people than the film itself.
Arts & CultureCatholic Movie Club
John Dougherty
“Sister Act” embodies the welcoming spirit of a church willing to go out into the street.
Arts & CultureCatholic Movie Club
John Dougherty
These are films that I find meaningful and believe resonate with our faith—particularly our call to love our L.G.B.T.Q. siblings and to uphold their human dignity.
Arts & CultureCatholic Movie Club
John Dougherty
What makes a family a family: that they look like the model, or the way that they love each other?
Arts & CultureCatholic Movie Club
John Dougherty
What do we do when we find ourselves, or someone we love, torn between convictions and relationships?
Annette Bening, Elle Fanning and Greta Gerwig in "20th Century Women."
Arts & CultureCatholic Movie Club
John Dougherty
The characters in ‘20th Century Women’ find themselves torn between embracing the new and retreating into the familiar.
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John Dougherty
It would be an exaggeration to call “Juno” pro-life, but it is encouraging to see a popular film diverge from the familiar culture war battle lines.
An image from the film Petite Maman of two sisters sitting next to each other in winter jackets
Arts & CultureCatholic Movie Club
John Dougherty
“Petite Maman” is a magical-realist story about children and parents, the things we can’t say and learning to understand each other.
Arts & CultureCatholic Movie Club
John Dougherty
Philomena’s faith doesn’t dismiss or excuse the church’s sins, but she has made peace with living in the tension.
Asa Butterfield and Jude Law star in a scene from the movie ‘Hugo’ 
Arts & CultureCatholic Movie Club
John Dougherty
In “Hugo,” Scorsese’s only family-friendly feature to date, he reflects on how dreams give meaning to our lives and help us persevere through life’s hardships.