The best stuff is collected over at AmericanPapist (see list of links at the bottom of the post). Of particular interest is a piece on the Catholic League slamming the USCCB for its glowing review of the movie. This story is of particular interest because it is the stated policy of the Catholic League never to criticize or protest a Catholic institution. Only once in a great while would the League make a direct statement critical of a Catholic institution, and I can’t remember an instance when the League has criticized an office of the Bishops’ Conference.

From LifeSite via AmericanPapist:

In what the League calls “mind-boggling”, the USCCB review actually congratulates the screenwriter for portraying the characters as demonstrating “free will” for their opposition to the Magisterium and then suggests that this is a reflection “entirely in harmony with Catholic teaching”.

“To the extent, moreover, that Lyra (the central character) and her allies are taking a stand on behalf of free will in opposition to the coercive force of the Magisterium, they are of course acting entirely in harmony with Catholic teaching,” writes Forbes. “The heroism and self-sacrifice that they demonstrate provide appropriate moral lessons for viewers.”

The League countered: “Nazis are portrayed as having free will in movies, too. Should the screenwriters of this film be commended for reflecting Catholic values? Free will is indeed a Catholic value, but it is the object of free will that carries moral weight.”

WAC

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