This from a July 12 posting on the Cardinal Newman Society website:
Father Pat Connolly S.J., associate professor of film and television at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, said in a recent interview with the Jesuit Communications Center that films (or what he calls “animated stained glass windows”) should be used during Mass.
He spoke in the interview about his plans for short religious-themed films that could be used during the liturgy.
“The moving image should be used during Church,” he said. “I would create film that would be in fact evocative of the higher understanding and appreciate of water, light, what a leper’s like and what a blind person is like and I would deliberately craft them for that purpose.” He mentioned that he’d already done so at a Catholic school Mass for students.
He labeled any objections to films being shown during Mass as antithetical to church and worship services as “nonsense” and “silly.” He said many Protestant churches are doing this already and he’s confident that the Catholic Church will soon follow suit.
You can listen to the interview here.
Father Connolly’ biography from Loyola Marymount website:
Patrick Connolly, a member of the Department of Film and Television Studies, has been a faculty member at LMU for thirty-five years. He believes strongly that human communication has involved many revolutions, but only three super-revolutions. Precisely when human beings evolved to the point of using spoken languages, the first super-revolution, is hidden in the mists of time.
However, there is abundance of evidence that a mere five thousand years ago human beings launched the second super-revolution with written languages which vastly altered cultures. He believes that the third super-revolution came at the end of the nineteenth century with what he calls: “the language of multiple moving images.”
In addition to being a professor, he is also a Roman Catholic priest and a member of the religious order, the Society of Jesus, founded by Ignatius Loyola.