Pat Archbold at National Catholic Register has raised the question of who is your favorite and least favorite movie priests. I’ll pass on least favorite; too many nauseating candidates. My favorite is easy. Karl Malden gave the performance of a lifetime as Father Barry in On the Waterfront (1954) preaching an impromptu sermon over the dead body of a murdered longshoreman whose union is controlled by mobsters. Malden’s portrayal of a fearless tough priest telling the Gospel message to men cowed by their fear of the gangsters who control them is completely magnificent and unforgettable.