Angels & Demons

In anticipation of director Ron Howard’s 2009 release of Da Vinci Code prequel Angels and Demons – the Vatican has just announced that it is working on a set of guidelines for what it considers “good cinema”.

Having recently barred crews from filming Angels and Demons in two churches, Santa Maria del Popolo and Santa Maria della Vittoria, the Holy See appears to be taking a more sensible, proactive approach toward counteracting films containing anti-Catholic bias.

A set of guidelines for ‘good films’, though still somewhat patronizing, is a giant leap forward from issuing universal declarations to the faithful to stay away from such media products.

Those of you who remember the firestorm of controversy over the release of The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and The Passion of the Christ (2004) will also likely recall that these kinds of declarations only serve to shine more light on such films, thus padding the pockets of all those involved.

Ultimately, Catholics are best left to decide on their own whether they and their children will see such films. Who knows, they may just discover that their own ‘internal guidelines’ may be just the moral compass required to show them the true meaning of ‘good’.

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