Dec 3, 2008

Time for a moratorium on the U.S. bishops' film rating office

Sometimes in the past I've pointed it out when the U.S. bishops' film rating office gives a positive review and rating to a morally offensive movie.

The bishops' office does that pretty frequently, actually.

Not only that, but they rarely blast or even point out the anti-Catholicism that permeates so many movies today.

So now I'm calling for the bishops to close their film rating office. Shut it down. Declare a moratorium.

Do not reopen the office until after the non-liberal bishops have searched for and hired reviewers who offer their full, free and wholehearted assent to Catholic morality about films and who will give evil movies the rating they deserve.

Giving space to a vile, morally offensive movie, spelling out its slime and then giving it a rating of less than "Morally Offensive" legitimizes the making of such movies and Catholics' viewing of them.

You might remember that the US bishops' film office gave an initially positive review to the homosexual-agenda propaganda movie "Brokeback Mountain" a couple of years ago.

They have just done something similar.

Wouldn't you think the U.S. bishops' film office would give a rating of "O" ("Morally Offensive") to a homosexual-agenda propaganda movie that shows "brief scenes of homosexual activity," such as homosexual men kissing, "nongraphic encounters" and "rear male nudity?"

Sure, you would. Me, too.

Well, the U.S. bishops' film office does NOT think so. reports (click on this post's title) that the USCCB film office has given a rating of not "O" but of "L" ("Limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling") to -- but has written a positive review of -- the new film "Milk," a bio of the assassinated San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, an avowed homosexual.

The film is said to stress that the assassin was Catholic.

True, rating the film "L" is better than rating it A-I, A-II or A-III. But when the bishops' office couples that rating with a positive review, you can see the problem.

I can't bring myself to provide a direct link to the U.S. bishops' office review, but the story does have the link.

The LSN story also has the contact information for Chicago Archbishop Francis George, the USCCB president, in case anyone wants to (politely) complain to him.

Shut down the bishops' film rating office. Now.


Anonymous DAve said...

o/t Q look at this:

5:37 PM  
Blogger Gunnar said...

This is a disgrace. They also gave the anti-God gnostic/satanic "kid" movie the Golden Compass a rave review and only an A-II. It was pretty scandalous.

6:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I totally agree.

It's far too "in this world and of this world" for my taste.
Besides, the overwhelming majority of movies are offensive to Judeo-Christian morals. Why are we even bothering to give them publicity and/or pretend that they're okay?
What's next? A USCCB office for rating gangsta rap?
For different music videos?
For different tequila brands? (Not that I'm anti-tequila, you understand. I just don't think it's a subject the USCCB should be chiming in on when something like 70% of pew-sitting Catholics do not believe in the Real Presence. Priorities, people.)


9:08 AM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Dave,

Thank you for the link to the blogspot of a young orthodox priest!

9:57 PM  
Blogger Quintero said...

Dear Cathy,

Yes, exactly -- why publicize evil movies?

We need to get out of the habit of "going to the movies every week." It is no longer a good thing or at least a morally neutral thing.

Families should get into the habit of buying DVDs of Catholic- and family-friendly movies from Catholic outlets and watching them at home, parents and kids together.

10:02 PM  

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