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Re: Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (1999)

In your original review of Molokai, you wrote that you were reading biographies of Fr. Damien because a couple of scenes in the film didn’t ring true. Did you find anything to disprove these scenes?

I found nothing either to directly justify or to directly debunk either strange scene, but it doesn’t change my basic skepticism toward the scenes.

It is possible that Damien had some sort of sensibility regarding Hawaii’s “old gods” that might have seemed scandalous to some, but I doubt that the movie line accurately reflects this. It is also not impossible that Damien officiated at a wedding that would not have been permitted by canon law, but I suspect this would have involved considerations not presented in the film.

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