The Golden Compass upsets the Catholics Again

Seems that the Reverend Giacomo Capoverdi doesn’t like the use of the word “magisterium” to represent the evil in the movie The Golden Compass. Thus far critics have panned the movie and I believe they’re actually correct. But this letter from the good Reverend appeared in the Providence Journal today.

Giacomo Capoverdi: Another anti-Catholic film

01:00 AM EST on Sunday, December 9, 2007

Surprise, surprise! Hollywood has done it again. An anti-God, anti-Catholic film is about to hit the big screen just in time for one of the most sacred holy days for Christians, the celebration of the birth of Christ.

The movie, The Golden Compass, directed by Chris Weitz and released by New Line Cinema, has hit theaters. The film is based on Philip Pullman’s trilogy, His Dark Materials. In this film the good guys are witches and the bad guys are an evil group of people in power, called The Magisterium. There is no other definition for the word Magisterium than the teaching authority and hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church.

I would argue that if a script for a movie were presented to Hollywood that had as its villains an evil ruling class called The Homosexuals or The Feminists it would be branded homophobic, a hate crime or sexist, and never see the light of day. Yet, when Catholics are targeted and maliciously portrayed, Hollywood applauds and calls it artistic, enlightening and inspiring. What’s wrong with this picture?


Who is targeting Catholics? I love how he had to drag homosexuals and feminists into his argument as counterpoints. The funny thing is I seem to remember seeing this exact same letter in other newspapers.

I wonder, do the priests in the Catholic church have something better to do? Look at Rev. John Codega. He’s the guy that got up at the Marriage Equality hearing last year and stated that marriage must be protected. When pressed to explain what it needed to be protected from Codega couldn’t expand on his argument.

So Capoverdi is pulling the same thing. Just repeat the same thing over and over again until it becomes the truth. Hmm, is that how Christianity got started?

2 thoughts on “The Golden Compass upsets the Catholics Again

  1. Rev. Capoverdi is correct in his assertion that a movie which vilified some other group or agency – one that Left endorsed – would never reach the theaters, while one that vilified any Christian church is lauded. there’s a significant ant-Christian bias in Hollywood today. I cannot get behind his rhetoric though; the homosexual & feminist reference were too inflammatory for proper debate and debased his position.

    On a related note – do you think Hollywood could make an anti-Islam movie? Or a movie with a Palestinian protagonist vs. an “Evil” Israeli occupying force? I don’t think so.

    And I respond:

    I’m sorry, but Catholics have too thin a skin. Religion deserves no reverence from me. I reserve most of my venom for the Abrahamic otherwise known as monotheistic religions. The only purpose of the monotheistic religions beyond the salvation of a soul is to control what the populace sees, hears, and thinks. They’ve had their chance and the only successful one so far is Islam though I find that particular perversion to be but a shit stain on history.

    One of my fondest desires is to see the Catholic church bankrupted.

  2. I really had no intention of seeing this movie, but once I heard how it’s riling up the Far Right Republican religious wingnuts, I decided that i HAD to attend.

    Doesn’t matter how unentertaining and bad the movie may be, any thing that gets those people THAT riled up, especially over something they’ve not actually seen themself, deserves my admission fee!


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