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from movie with John Friedrich as Frank Cleary, Richard Chamberlain as Ralph de Bricassart, Philip Anglim as Dane O'Neill Full quotes RALPH DE BRICASSART: The Church has such power, Frank. Or rather, God has, working through
 
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the Church. The power to shape the lives of millions of people to change the whole course of history. And I want to be a part of that. I try to hold the thought that even out here I do share in that power but sometimes I find it very difficult. FRANK CLEARY: Then why don't you escape? Why do you put up with it, a man like you? You could be anything that you wanted to be. RALPH DE BRICASSART: Yet I'd give up every ambition, every desire in me to be the perfect priestI'd give up every ambition, every desire in me to be the perfect priest. FRANK CLEARY: The perfect priest. RALPH DE BRICASSART: How can I explain? I'm a vessel and sometimes I'm filled with God. If I were a better priest there would be no periods of emptiness, no need to escape. I would always be filled with God. That, to me, would be perfection. FRANK CLEARY: Nobody can be that perfect not even youNobody can be that perfect not even you. RALPH DE BRICASSART: Perhaps me least of all.
DANE O'NEILL: Father, I also want to be a priest. RALPH DE BRICASSART: Why? When you can do anything with your lifeyou can do anything with your life. be anything. DANE O'NEILL: How can you say that when you are everything I want to beHow can you say that when you are everything I want to be? RALPH DE BRICASSART: Dane, no. You know nothing of the man I am. You look at me and see the Cardinal, the Prince of the Church. DANE O'NEILL: I see the priest, the perfect priest. RALPH DE BRICASSART: Then you're wrong. To say it was my fate to be a priest isn't to say it was given to me like a gift. An entire lifetime of trying to offer myself up totally to God has brought me no more than moments of oneness with him. And I have broken every vow. Do you understand? Every vow. I have not been equal to the sacrifice God asks. DANE O'NEILL: But you have spent your life trying. Father, when I said the perfect priest I didn't mean some infallible being. I mean someone who strives to do God's will. Maybe I won't be equal to the sacrifice either. But if I don't try my life will have no meaning.
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