Report: Vatican Monsignor Calls ‘New Moon’ ‘A Moral Vacuum With A Deviant Message’
First Published: November 20, 2009 5:31 PM EST Credit: Summit Entertainment
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- It appears The Vatican is neither Team Jacob nor Team Edward!
Critics are divided, Twi-hards are excited, but the Vatican is reportedly condemning “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” claiming the vampire and werewolf-filled movie is “deviant.”
“This theme of vampires in ‘Twilight’ combines a mixture of excesses that, as ever is aimed at young people and gives a heavy esoteric element,” Monsignor Franco Perazzolo, the Vatican’s culture council leader, said in a statement on Thursday, according to Britain’s Daily Mail.
Monsignor Perazzolo reportedly said the latest installment in the “Twilight” franchise is delivering the wrong message to audiences.
“This film is nothing more than a moral vacuum with a deviant message and as such should be of concern,” he continued.
Monsignor Perazzolo did not clarify in his statement if he had seen an advance copy of “New Moon,’ attended a midnight screening with Twi-hards or if he had even actually seen the movie.
Condemnation or not, eager fans appeared to unfazed by the Monsignor’s warnings. As previously reportedly on AccessHollywood.com, “New Moon” pulled in an astounding estimated gross of $26.27 million at midnight screenings early Friday morning.
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