Thursday, September 01, 2005

Movie v. Virtue?

I’m leaving the political ring on this blog and I am inquiring on a debate I’ve been having. For my very few readers, I have a question. As of late, I have seen numerous commercials for an upcoming movie that I would like to see: The Exorcism of Emily Rose: Based on a True Story.

Now, if you haven’t caught on, I’d call myself to be a devout Catholic and this inquisition might make some readers feel differently. I want to know the acceptability of watching this movie. The debate falls over the appropriateness (profanity, etc), content (truth), and the overall agenda.

Now, I don’t read the daily papal announcements, but in the past I know the Church has forbidden it’s followers from going to particular movies or reading particular books, i.e. Dogma (Chris Rock movie) and Harry Potter (JK Rowling.)

I feel as an adult, I should be able to see it. The movie itself is rated PG-13 and from the previews, I don’t see anyway that the producers can really misconstrue the Church. Even if they manage to, unintentionally or not, I’d be able to notice and disregard the errors. Secondly, in no way could this movie remotely glorify or advertise the devil or his works. In other words, this movie, in my eyes, couldn’t promote the devil or in this case, demonic possessions. Finally, there is the value of entertainment and perhaps a renewed instillation of spite towards the devil.

On the other hand, I do have just as many objections. The predominant one would be subjecting myself to unholy acts and/or thoughts. Secondly, by purchasing the ticket, one could argue I would be promoting the movie both to others and the producers. Third, one must be virtuous:

"Human virtues are firm attitudes, stable dispositions, habitual perfections of intellect and will that governs our actions, orders our passions, and guide our conduct according to reason and faith." –Catholic Catechism Par 1804

Finally, the Church believes:

"An evil action cannot be justified by a reference to a good intention." –St. Thomas Aquinas
So, I can't claim the entertainment value as justification if watching the movie is a sin.
I'm open to any comments, opinions, criticisms, or what have you. I admit I haven't really looked in to the matter in detail but felt I'd get a good response from my readers.
-By the way for those of you who noticed, I apologize for the redundancy of one of my quotes (also appears on another site,) but it was quite fitting in both situations.


Disgruntled Car Salesman said...

Yeah, um, see it.

Neo-Con Tastic said...

Great argument for seeing the movie!

-PS Go to Ken's blog and look at the comments under the blog, "300 aborted babies..." Someone doesn't like me anymore.

Dad29 said...

The Church no longer classifies movies.

My position on the matter is simple: if it is "inappropriate" for people UNDER the age of 14, what makes it "appropriate" for people OVER the age of 14?

Given that, the rating assignment may be for language or violence, in which case one should prudently view the movie.