The man for all seasons (1966) Mr. Paul Scofield
This is the tale of Sir Thomas Moore vs King Henry VIII who broke away from Rome and established his own authority over the Church in place of the Pope over his desires for the ability to divorce at will. including in the circumstances when his Queen could not bear him a son and heir. He saw no reason that the Church would be in any position to deny him a divorce in such a case as I say including this. For his part, Sir Thomas Moore as Chancellor refuses to go along with any dispensation from the Pope allowing the king to divorce or to publicly swear an oath accepting the legitimacy of such a divorce and remarriage as required by the king. He is threatened with death for refusing to swear the oath to a King who is clearly right in regards to his own desires, but unquestionably wrong in threatening so harsh a punishment for a man such as Moore as execution, for Moore's own religious views which he feels prevent him from agreeing to give public support. Moore's daughter points out that if he were to simply feign, use the words required, but be true in his heart, that should be all a good God should see as his real position in regards to being conscionable in the affair. Moore disagrees and says God looks at the words you use, even if those words are spoken under duress or in a case of extortion as this. How shortsighted of Moore's character I suggest! (In this case its only a divorce that's in question, and why should Moore think himself a better man to stick couples together no matter what situations come up or transpire after being married I say! Would you insist a woman remain in an abusive marriage for example simply from being dogmatic in following certain verses rather than truly Christianly spirited reasoning as to what should prevail instead. Then there's the case of a woman who bribes Moore with a silver cup for a friendly verdict in a case she has before the courts. She explains it was in her mind alright to do so as she though her own mindset should prevail in the case, she feigns by using the expression "In my own mind" which is how she says it. when defending her actions to Leo McKern (Rumpole) and all too many that have a common functioning bond in this regard, always feel that it is right enough that the outcome favours their own mindset regardless of whether merit in Christianly spirit is actually on their side, rather than possibly the reverse.
Mr. Michael Rizzo Chessman