Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Cue Alanis Morissette

I just got back from watching the movie The Golden Compass, which I give a B. Quite a thorough movie review, no? Anyway, the bad guys in the movie are the Magisterium, who's main flaw is a desire to cover up all ideas they deem inappropriate and harmful. I've read how the movie is somewhat controversial because it is anti-Church. Now, the movie as I see it isn't particularly anti-Church unless you automatically associate every entity like the Magisterium with the Church; however, I do understand that the books are rather more blatant in their criticisms of institutional religion.

Anyway, I got back to read this news blurb about a Vatican newspaper attacking the movie. The Vatican is urging people not to see the movie, calling it anti-Christmas and devoid of hope and emotion. Certain Catholic groups have called on a boycott fearing the movie will draw children to the books and atheism.

Personally, I have no permanent beef against the Church. It has a long, complicated history of good and bad that I will let you all debate. However, isn't it a bit ironic that an entity which doesn't want to be associated with the Magisterium, which tries to keep people from being exposed to the wrong ideas, by encouraging people not to see a movie because it has the wrong ideas?

Don't ya think?


Robin S. said...

Being an ex-Catholic, I can say with a straight face that the Magisterium are right on target, and the church, little c, has proven it yet again. I wasn't going to see this movie because I wasn't interested.

Now I am.

Mamaebeth said...

well, most of the uproar i have heard locally has been from evaglical type christians, not so much Catholics. in fact there was an article on the The Golden Compass in our local Catholic Newspaper recently on p. 24.

"Is Pullman trying to undermine
anyone’s belief in God?
Leaving the books aside, and
focusing on what has ended
up on-screen, the script can
reasonably be interpreted in
the broadest sense as an appeal
against the abuse of political
Will seeing this film inspire
teens to read the books, which
many have found problematic?
Rather than banning the
movie or books, parents might
instead take the opportunity
to talk through any thorny
philosophical issues with their

December/Stacia said...

Lol, more than ironic.

pacatrue said...

Hi, -e, I agree with you that evangelicals in general get more excited about these things than Catholics and that the quote you provided is indeed the best way to handle these things. Which is why it amused me when a pseudo-official pronouncement came out, slightly toting the Magisterium line. However, it must be stated, based completely on the AP article, that the Vatican's position was more about the dangers of atheism, which are dangers that they absolutely should speak about, and it was conservative Catholic, lay, groups which are actively calling for boycotts and the like.