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Vatican on ‘New Moon’: a ‘moral vacuum’

by Brad A. Greenberg

November 24, 2009 | 2:33 pm

I guess not everyone is a “New Moon” nutjob. Not only is the new blockbuster in the “Twilight” series not high-art (duh), but it is, according to the Vatican, a “deviant moral vacuum.”

Monsignor Franco Perazzolo, of the Pontifical Council of Culture, said: ‘Men and women are transformed with horrible masks and it is once again that age-old trick or ideal formula of using extremes to make an impact at the box office.

‘This film is nothing more than a moral vacuum with a deviant message and as such should be of concern.’

The attack comes three weeks after the Catholic Church in Italy condemned Halloween as ‘anti-Christian and dangerous’ and urged parents not to dress their children as ghosts and goblins.

In the past, the Vatican has also attacked the Harry Potter books and films. Six years ago, Pope Benedict XVI criticised the ‘subtle seductions’ in J.K. Rowling’s stories, which could ’ corrupt the Christian faith’ in impressionable young children.


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