While some of our shepherds are truly shepherds, others are the wolves in shepherd’s clothing. Funny how the filmmakers of Manifesto of Faith also made a docudrama film in 2016 called A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing about Saul Alinsky bringing cultural Marxism to America.
In Manifesto of Faith, the father and son team of Richard and Stephen Payne have brought the German cardinal’s text to life. The 22-minute film was created by Arcadia Films, an American independent film company established by the Paynes. Arcadia is a division of City of Light Studios who has also brought us films and television shows like The Saints Speak, Parable, and the Gabriel Award-winning Saints Alive.
In the film’s press release, Stephen Payne tells us:
“This work brings to life and visualizes the Manifesto of Faith text written and released by Cardinal Mueller on February 8, 2019. He wanted to make a public testimony of the truth ‘in the face of growing confusion about the doctrine of the Faith’ among the laity and the clergy. The Amazon Synod in October presents a good time to re-set these discussions with the truth of the faith as practiced for 2,000 years. Controversy is nothing new to the Church, and, when these do occur, reasoned voices, like Cardinal Mueller’s speak out to provide guidance and reassurance to the faithful.”
Translating an abstract “credo” into a documentary film lush in sound and cinematic aesthetics, U.S. filmmakers have reproduced Cardinal Gerhard Müller’s “Manifesto of Faith.” In his four-page public testimony, the German cardinal reasserted many key teachings of the faith, reminding clergy and laity, as Register Rome correspondent Edward Pentin reported, that it is up to “shepherds” to “guide those entrusted to them on the path of salvation.”
Cardinal Gerhard Müller’s “Manifesto of Faith” has been turned into a “catechetical documentary.” In the document, described as a four-page “public testimony of faith,” Cardinal Müller called on the faithful to resist error by educating themselves in the truths of the Catholic faith.
“In the face of growing confusion about the doctrine of the faith, many bishops, priests, religious and laypeople of the Catholic Church have requested that I make a public testimony about the truth of revelation,” the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith writes in the introduction to his document, published in February. “It is the shepherds’ very own task to guide those entrusted to them on the path of salvation. This can only succeed if they know this way and follow it themselves.”
Considered the first of its kind, this documentary was produced to present the full content of Cardinal Müller’s document with a background of dynamic cinematography and sound.
Arcadia Films, the same studio that produced EWTN’s hugely popular A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing, has dubbed the documentary a “faith opera.” The film made its debut online Oct. 1. According to Arcadia Films, “Manfesto of Faith” received a response of more than 40,000 views in its first week.
“Manifesto of Faith: The Movie” has been released by Arcadia Films. This beautifully illustrated movie is a 22-minute cinematic presentation on Cardinal Gerhard Müller’s February 2019 “Manifesto of Faith”, which he wrote in order to combat what he called “growing confusion about the doctrine of the Faith” in the Church.
Richard and Stephen Payne of Arcadia Films, producers of the award-winning Saul Alinsky exposé A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (2016), are bringing to life Cdl. Gerhard Müller’s Feb. 8, 2019, “Manifesto of Faith.”
The father-and-son team have been laboring since February to illustrate Müller’s exhortation visually. Now, after more than seven months of work, their project is being made available to viewers worldwide. “Manifesto of Faith: The Movie” will premiere online at 12 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Oct. 1; anyone interested joining in the debut can register at the film’s website.