Vatican hits out at ‘deviant’ vampire film
LONDON: The latest movie in vampire saga Twilight is a “deviant moral vacuum”, the Vatican said.
New Moon, which openened in Britain yesterday, is a “mixture of excesses aimed at young people and gives a heavy esoteric element”, a spokesman said.
The blockbuster opened in Italy on Wednesday and took £1.8 million (about R22.5m) at the box office.
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 “antiChristian and dangerous” and urged parents not to dress their children as ghosts and goblins.
In the past, the Vatican has also
‘The film employs that age old trick or ideal formula of extremes to make an impact at the box office’
attacked the Harry Potter books and films. Six years ago, Pope Benedict XVI criticised the “subtle seductions” in JK Rowling’s stories, which could “corrupt the Christian faith” in impressionable young children.
Last year Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano ran an editorial attacking the teen wizard as “the wrong kind of hero”. But in a Uturn four months ago, it published an article approving of the latest big screen instalment, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince.
Half Blood Prince managed to “distinguish between good and evil”, the paper said.
Cardinals also urged people not to see or read Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, which they said was an insult to Christianity.
Twilight, based on books by US author Stephenie Meyer, tells the story of a romance between vampire Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson) and Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart). – Daily Mail