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Mexican Catholics outraged by film depicting priest having sex

A new film with scenes depicting priests having sex and consorting with drug dealers has drawn strong criticism from some Catholics in Mexico.

The film, The Crime of Father Amaro, directed by Carlos Carrera, opened on Friday on 400 Mexican screens.

The movie, whose Spanish title is El Crimen del Padre Amaro, tells of a young priest who indulges in carnal pleasures despite his vows of chastity and service to the church.

Most filmgoers have perceived the movie as innocuous. A poll of nearly 800 people who saw the movie found that 75% did not believe it offended Catholicism.

20% believed it did, while the remaining 5% either had no opinion or gave no response.

Nevertheless, religious groups have called for a boycott of the film, which they view as an affront to Catholicism.

In the city of Morelia, in western Michoacan state, conservative Archbishop Alberto Suarez Inda said that he would prefer death or imprisonment to having to view the film.

The movie appears not to have been hurt by the controversy, however. Ticket sales have been brisk, according to film industry officials.

El Crimen del Padre Amaro (official site)


19 Aug 2002