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The Reluctant Saint (1962)

In 17th century Italy, a simple and clumsy young man joins a Franciscan order, pursues full priesthood and performs a miracle that eventually ensures his sainthood.

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Joseph of Cupertino, a simple young man thought by many in his village to be an idiot, is pressured to enter a monastery. He does so, and surprises everyone by passing the entrance exam to study for the priesthood. But this is only the first of many surprises from the man who would become Saint Joseph Cupertino. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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Mother: Giuseppe, Giuseppe. Do you think I kept you in school all these years for this piece of paper? Do you think it didn't break my heart to see you, a grown man, among school boys? But at least I knew where you were, a place to go every day where the Sisters could look after you. Now - what will I do with you? What will you do with yourself?
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A mentally challenged boy aspires to join the ranks of scholarly priests of the Tridentine period.
8 December 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When it became the official state religion of the Roman Empire and Byzantium, the priests of the Catholic Church became renowned for being scholarly and erudite. With formal schooling in seminaries required of candidates for ordination, only the most intelligent male students were likely to become priests. Somewhere along the way, the Church's hierarchy seemed to have forgotten that the Apostles were neither very bright nor well schooled. They were simple fishermen, farmers and petty bureaucrats (such as a tax collector).

So how can a mentally challenged young man who felt called to the religious life become a priest during the church's Tridentine period when its priestly hierarchy was dominated by Scholastics? Therein lies the tension and fun of this film.

Guiseppe Desa (I bet you didn't know his real family name) of the town of Cupertino finds favor with God because of his simple but intense devotion. Against all odds and opposition he becomes a priest. And against the vociferous objections of the character of Ricardo Montalban who chose to act as Devil's Advocate, the miracles attributed to the intercession of Fr. Guiseppe are acknowledged.


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