Saturday, February 21, 2015

MARTIN SHEEN AND SISTER ROSE PACATTE: ACTIVIST CATHOLICS


HE PRAYS THE ROSARY!

For this week's arts and culture piece, I interviewed LA's own Sister Rose Pacatte about her new book on LA's own actor and activist Martin Sheen.

The piece begins:

Sister Rose Pacatte, a member of the Daughters of St. Paul, is the director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Los Angeles.

In her recently-released book, “Martin Sheen: Pilgrim on the Way” (Liturgical Press), she details well-known actor Sheen’s early life: one of 10 kids, a mother who died at 48 while saying the rosary, a hard-working father who was loving but stinted on the compliments. Many of the children, including Martin, suffered from alcoholism.

We learn of Sheen’s combination heart attack-nervous breakdown on the set of “Apocalypse Now” (he was only 36 at the time), his recovery (“The only two things of value that the United States has exported to the world for free are jazz and AA”), his return to the Church and, most of all, his decades of activism on a wide range of social justice issues.


READ THE WHOLE PIECE HERE.


2 comments:

  1. I respected Martin Sheen's talent; now I respect the man.

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  2. Bless Martin Sheen! I understand that he wrote to Bishop Sheen when he was young to ask permission to use "Sheen" as his stage-name, permission which apparently was gladly granted! (Sheen's natal name is Ramón Estevez.)

    And bless Mrs Estevez, who died at 48 while saying the Rosary! That is probably the dictionary definition of a happy, or a grace-filled, death.

    I admire Sheen because he has survived much. And because he cares deeply. I think that whatever his politics may be, he's wise enough to know that political solutions do not suffice to heal the gaping wounds caused by individual and by collective failures of love and charity.

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