Kreuzweg (The Stations of the Cross)
Traditionalists have finally made it to the silver screen. Kreuzweg is a new (2014) German epic exposing the horrors of the dark world of traditionalism in the form of a fictitious “Priestly Fraternity of St. Paul.” (In case you missed the point, the materials for press and school available on the film’s website explain they are talking about the FSSPX.) A fanatic, domineering mother, an insinuating manipulative priest, an innocent child martyred – it’s all HERE.
The film’s website has a rich assortment of clips (some with English subtitles)to be found under the rubric “Filmpresskit”, a pressbook and materials for use in the school.These last are a compilation by a Protestant but there is a logo appended of the Katholisches Filmwerk GmbH “a central distribution agency for audiovisual and didactic material of the Catholic Church.” (so the Filmwerk‘s website). In these materials for the school we learn that these are the hallmarks of Catholic traditionalism: fear, exclusiveness and “ritualism”(“Men have always battled fear with magic.”).
Just like in Italy, the war of Church and society against Catholic Tradition in Germany is indeed becoming a hot one.