Free Will video from The Thorn Birds movie with Christopher Plummer as Archbishop Vittorio Contini and Richard Chamberlain as Ralph de Bricassart
Archbishop Vittorio Contini: You will never tell me, will you, Ralph?
Ralph de Bricassart: Your Eminence?
Archbishop Vittorio Contini: Why you remain so deeply troubled. I've recommended that you take up my former post in Australia as Papal Legate.
Ralph de Bricassart: You wish to have me sent away? But why? Have I not been doing well?
Archbishop Vittorio Contini: Well? You've had a brilliant career so far. You've become an archbishop already. And there is nothing to stop you from rising higher. Nothing. Except the rose. When your rose fell to the ground, I understood at last the sadness you always wear like a holy mantle.
Ralph de Bricassart: I've tried so hard to get her out of my heart.
Archbishop Vittorio Contini: You think I don't know that?
Ralph de Bricassart: Then why?
Archbishop Vittorio Contini: Our God has given us free will and with that gift comes the burden of choice. It is time, far past time that you took up that burden because until you do you cannot go on.
Ralph de Bricassart: But sending me back to where she is is like asking me to fail.
Archbishop Vittorio Contini: It's asking you to choose.