Praised by Vatican official, ‘Doonby’ hitting screens
As religious ministers and lay people across America protest President Obamaâ€™s abortion drugs mandate, on Friday the life-affirming movie â€œDoonby,â€ starring John Schneider, opens in Dallas, Texas, and Chattanooga, Tenn., with high praise from a Vatican official and other Christian leaders.
In its Feb. 12 edition, Lâ€™Osservatore Romano, the semi-official newspaper of the Holy See that typically focuses on official church and papal affairs, included a most unusual feature: a glowing review of â€œDoonby.â€
Father Gianfranco Grieco, O.F.M. Conv., office head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, declared that â€œDoonbyâ€ is a â€œmoving and thought-provoking psychological thriller on many levels with a haunting finale that will linger in your mind and obsess your consciousness as you tackle a puzzle that will challenge each and every perception or conviction while you experience forlorn feelings of speechlessness and shock, but ultimately of liberation!â€
Last summer, Peter Mackenzie, the Catholic writer and director of â€œDoonby,â€ screened â€œDoonbyâ€ for officials of the pontifical council.
Mackenzie told WND, â€œI am delighted to have such high praise from Father Grieco in Lâ€™Osservatore Romano. Never in my wildest dreams did I think weâ€™d have such recognition and endorsement from the Vatican. Itâ€™s quite humbling.â€
Recognition by the Pontifical Council for the Family is especially fitting for Mackenzie since he made the film with his sons Mike, a producer, and Dan, a cameraman and editor. [More]