Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Non-Controversy Controversy...

Maybe it's just me and my limited view from Rome, but does anyone else get the sense that there isn't really a vocal protest against the new Ron Howard movie Angels and Demons?

And yet, major news outlets and news shows have built up some sort of "controversy" with leading questions. It's almost as if the media, Howard, Hanks, and their movie studio (and the banks that look closely at Box Office receipts) have to keep talking about a "controversy" lest sells go down. Scandal sells, intrigue sells, controversy sells. And yet, I don't see much of an outcry against the film as there was for The Da Vinci Code.

Fr. Bob Barron offers a critique of the movie's posturing of the typically modern argument that the Church is somehow anti-science. But, the movie doesn't touch upon Christological truths like The Da Vinci Code did and so really, some big protest or controversy isn't going to happen, it seems, much to the disappointment of Howard and his bank rollers.


Anonymous said...

I'd love to have you blog about this (although it probably will never happen)

Just found out that Bush spoke at Notre Dame as well....

Killed retarded prisoners as governor of TX....lied about a war that we've been engaged with for far too long...

By the way...thoughts on Benedicts comments yesterday?

Fr. Michael Wurtz, CSC said...

Yes, George W. Bush was the commencement speaker in May of 2001. His father spoke at ND (earlier of course).

I'm not sure which war the U.S. was engaged in by May of 2001.

His death penalty stance is lamentable and we certainly admire the decision of Gov. Richardson of New Mexico for banning the death penalty in his state and to the Colorado legislature that has recently voted on similar legislation.

It's helpful in the discussions to be aware of "prudential judgment" and "intrinsic moral evils". The discussion stalls if these important, albeit small, distinctions aren't recognized.

I'm not sure to which comments the Holy Father made yesterday you are referring.

God bless.

Anonymous said...

Yes, I have noticed the faux controversy about Angels and Demons.

I also noticed it's getting pathetic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.