GOD AND MAN IN LIVERPOOL

PUMPED BY CONTROVERSY, THE BRITISH DRAMA PRIEST REDUCES COMPLEX MORAL ISSUES TO THE STUFF OF MAUDLIN MELODRAMA

FATHER GREG (LINUS ROACHE), the young priest at a Catholic parish in Liverpool, is handsome, theologically conservative--and gay. His boss, Father Matthew (Tom Wilkinson), spouts socialist dogma and has sex with his live-in housekeeper. The husband of the parish's hardest-working volunteer forces sex on their daughter. The local bishop is a ward heeler in a cassock.

Priest, then, is no Going My Way. And Good Friday was perhaps not the ideal day for Miramax Films to schedule Priest for wide release. Small wonder that a few of the faithful were miffed. The Catholic League threatened a boycott of Miramax's owner, the...

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