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?