Catholic Priest Says New Scorsese Film is “Like a Prayer”

Martin Scorsese’s new film, Silence, was screened in Rome by an unexpected group: 300 Jesuit priests. The film follows the journey of 17th century Portuguese Jesuit missionaries, played by Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver, as they go to Japan looking for their fallen mentor, played by Liam Neeson. Scorsese says he was inspired by a 1966 book, also called Silence, written by Catholic convert Shusaku Endo. In this Crux article, Jesuit Father James Martin says he believes Scorsese was guided by the Holy Spirit in the making of this film. Read the Q&A with Father Martin within the article and watch the trailer for Silence here.