Vat­i­can hits out at ‘de­viant’ vam­pire film

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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

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