‘We’re on a mission from God’

This is one of those stories that people will be talking about because it’s such a hoot.

On the 30th anniversary of the release of The Blues Brothers, that one-of-a-kind classic about Belushi and Aykroyd’s band, the Vatican newspaper has declared the film a “Catholic classic” that should be seen by Catholics everywhere.

Sure, we all remember the movie for the Brothers’ campy one-liners and all the great musical performances from Ray Charles, Aretha, John Lee Hooker, James Brown and on and on.

But the plot, as it was, had to do with the Brothers wanting to save the Catholic orphanage where they grew up from foreclosure. They reunite their band so they can make enough money to pay off the orphanage’s debts.

Yes, that’s a Catholic classic.

So The Blues Brothers joins the ranks of other Catholic classics like The Ten Commandments, It’s a Wonderful Life and The Passion of the Christ.

Here’s the key line in question:

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Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.