Not only the Catholic League, but our diocese has made a strong case against this movie and book trilogy. I watched the ABC NEWS movie reviewer tell us that he felt that it is "too violent for children" and that it was too long and drawn out. The Raleigh Diocese's statement is as follows:
A film that will be released by New Line Cinema on December 7 is raising concern among Catholics and other Christian denominations. The Golden Compass will be released December 7.
A letter of caution has been sent to pastors, pastoral administrators and youth ministers from Dr. Michael J. Fedewa, Superintendent of Catholic Formation and Education in the Diocese of Raleigh. The letter, which provides information to parents on the concern over the movie and the trilogy of books upon which the movie is based, can be accessed at the link below. The trilogy is titled His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman, a self-proclaimed atheist. The Golden Compass is based on the first book in the series.
Also below is a link to an audio interview conducted by Diocesan Communication Frank Morock with Sandra Miesel, co-author of a forthcoming book titled The Pied Piper of Atheism: Phillip Pullman and Children’s Fantasy. The book will be available and can be pre-ordered through Ignatius Press at www.ignatius.com.
In addition is a Zenit interview with Miesel and co-author Peter Vere that the Diocese of Raleigh has received permission to use on its web site.
* Read Dr. Fedewa’s letter (PDF)
* Listen to audio interview with Sandra Miesel (Windows Media audio)
* Read Zenit interview with authors of The Pied Piper of Atheism
This is a movie that should NOT be seen by children, parents, or anyone else for that matter. The Catholic League has put out a video and book concerning this movie and the video is here. Please, please listen to the cautions of the League. The Golden Compass: Agenda Unmasked" is the Catholic League's response. It provides information about the film, "The Golden Compass," and details what book reviewers have said about Pullman's books; a synopsis of his trilogy is also included.
Copies are currently available of the electronic edition of the booklet. To order, use our online form or call 212-371-3191 (a pdf will be emailed to you). The cost is $5.
This is a dastardly way to attract our young into a world of atheism, violence, the occult, and sinister behavior. Very serious is this and we must be aware of this type of commercialism, especially since the movie producers, writers, and retailers are gearing all their efforts toward our 9 to 12 year-olds.
Parents, do not be duped by this and don't purchase the books for Christmas gifts, don't allow your children to be subjected to this type of counter-culture "entertainment". Don't follow your fellow parents' lead in letting the children go to this movie. Just say NO.