The Conflict (1973) Martin Sheen. The conflict is old vs. new. Traditional vs. Contemporary. More specifically, in the Roman Catholic church — should the mass be said in Latin? Great dialogue, terrific acting. Definately worth seeing, but it is slow and methodical. It allows time to contemplate the issue and come some conclusions on your own as you go along, so be prepared to think. Thanks to Hed for the recommendation.
Of course, the movie’s impact is much larger than this particular issue. However, this is a real issue in the Roman Church these days, and Pope Benedict XVI has recently begun allowing the Mass to be said in Latin again.
How do you measure the value of traditional symbols for the sake of connection with history? Mass began in Latin for the purpose of connecting with the contemporary people with God. . . but now it’s value is in connecting us with others we have never met. This is not unlike the KJV Bible (or NIV, perhaps?) in Protestant circles. Connection with history is vitally important, and symbols are a great way to do that.
At what point does tradition become traditionalism?