While a small group of Hindus are claiming the word avatar is for their exclusive use and the rest of the world rolls their eyes, the Vatican was quietly waiting its turn to protest James Cameron’s insanely popular film.
In a recent review of the film (I don’t know why they bother to review fiction) the official news outlet of the Vatican has spoken out against James Cameron for attempting to lead the flock away from God with his “Nature Worship”
The Vatican newspaper and radio station have called the film “Avatar” simplistic, and criticized it for flirting with modern doctrines that promote the worship of nature as a substitute for religion.
L’Osservatore Romano and Vatican Radio dedicated ample coverage to James Cameron’s big-grossing, 3-D spectacle. But the reviews were lukewarm, calling the movie superficial in its eco-message, despite groundbreaking visual effects.
L’Osservatore said the film “gets bogged down by a spiritualism linked to the worship of nature.” Similarly, Vatican Radio said it “cleverly winks at all those pseudo-doctrines that turn ecology into the religion of the millennium.”
“Nature is no longer a creation to defend, but a divinity to worship,” the radio said.
I quite expect ANY film that doesn’t have direct worship of God in the exact manner that they instruct you to will earn their wrath.
Now its not like the Vatican is launching an all out boycott on the film. The official radio station just gave it a poor review for conflicting with the only right way to view the world.
I wonder if the Vatican has ever heard of the concept of FICTION before?