- May 6, 2021
The U.S. bishops had a hand in how movies were rated until the 1980s.
The once influential Catholic film office had been able to get Hollywood studios to change content in movies it deemed morally offensive for decades, but that power was extinguished as the 1970s rolled into the 1980s.
The theatrical features “Instant Family” and “Paul, Apostle of Christ” were named winners of Christopher Awards in the award program’s 70th anniversary.
Mass communication has become the arbiter of people’s social status, and has modified the family structure, reducing the traditional role of authority. That’s according to Italian Bishop Mario Toso. In a new book, he warns that modern media can manipulate and indoctrinate the public, thereby compromising a person’s freedom of judgment and autonomy to make decisions.
The danger is “when we protect ourselves and only watch what we like,” Michael Higgins, a Canadian author and professor, said at a Catholic media conference, which leads people to “form caricatures of other voices” equating them to strangers, foreigners and eventually enemies.