How’s this for irony? Catholic film ciritics liked “The Golden Compass.”

If ever there was a sure sign that the movie version of The Golden Compass has had most of its anti-religion tone ripped out by its roots it’s the fact that two Catholic film critics who write for the Catholic News Service are giving the film high praise. Needless to say some folks aren’t happy about that:

“Two weeks ago there was a lot of buzz about a boycott, but now the talk is about the review,” said Joe Towalski, editor of the Catholic Spirit, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

And a lot of it is angry talk. The Rev. Thomas Euteneuer, president of Front Royal, Va.-based Human Life International, which describes its mission as “upholding the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church,” used his website to call for the dismissal of movie critics Harry Forbes and John Mulderig of the Catholic News Service, the church’s official news arm. Their review raved about the movie while dismissing concerns that Phillip Pullman, the author of the fantasy trilogy on which it’s based, is a professed atheist who is on record as saying, “My books are about killing God.”

In particular, the review noted the movie departed from Pullman’s book in its explicit references to the church. “Most moviegoers with no foreknowledge of the books or Pullman’s personal belief system will scarcely be aware of religious connotations, and can approach the movie as a pure fantasy-adventure,” they said, adding: “… this film—altered, as it is, from its source material—rates as intelligent and well-crafted entertainment.”

Forbes and Mulderig “have summarily put our hierarchy on record as giving glowing praise to the work of a militant atheist,” Euteneuer told the Star Tribune. “This is utterly irresponsible.”

No, they gave praise to a seriously watered down movie based on the work of an atheist. Still it’s fun to see the Catholics arguing amongst themselves over something as stupid as a movie. For all the talk of how strong the Christian faithful are in their beliefs you’d think this movie was causing people to become instant atheists with the way they’re reacting to it.

And mad props to DaBroad for linking to this article in another thread.

5 thoughts on “How’s this for irony? Catholic film ciritics liked “The Golden Compass.”

  1. “giving glowing praise to the work of a militant atheist’”

    So, is Pullman now an official member of the Dawkins/Hitchens/Harris/Dennet commanding officers inner circle, or does he have to remain a foot soldier like the rest of us?

  2. If your faith is so shallow and weak as to be crippled by a FANTASY novel, then you need to re-check your beliefs and faith. Last time I checked not a single Atheist cried or was affected by C.S. Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”.

  3. I dunno – sometimes I can be quite offended by the Bible. As I understand it. That’s a rather prominent work of fiction.

    But it is still only fiction. There’s plenty of real life far more alarming (and interesting) than what can be made up.

    And I find it far more interesting that Euteneuer’s calling for the dismissal of those who disagree about the quality of the movie. If that isn’t sheltered thinking, I don’t know what is.

  4. ‘Cmon, now, remember, these are the same folks that thought that “The Passion of the Christ” was a documentary.

  5. Hey, if atheism is really a religion as some of these wingnuts say, maybe we should all be out protesting every religious movie, saying that they’re anti-atheist!

    Let’s promote tolerance, people!

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