Another clear message from the Vatican and the Pope: Pope: 'Dubious' Environmentalism is 'key to world peace'?
In an attempt to remain hip, the Vatican has rendered its verdict on James Cameronís mega-blockbuster Avatar ó and they pretty much say it sucks. In fact, if there was a Regal Cinema in heaven, theyíre quite confident the latest Kirk Cameron film would be playing instead.
The main criticism is that the film weakens the idea of a God in heaven by instead promoting the worship of nature ó specifically, a giant tree.
LíOsservatore said the film ďgets bogged down by a spiritualism linked to the worship of nature.Ē Along the same lines, Vatican Radio said it ďcleverly winks at all those pseudo-doctrines that turn ecology into the religion of the millennium.Ē
ďNature is no longer a creation to defend, but a divinity to worship,Ē the radio said.
Taking a different approach, Bolivianís President Evo Morales has praised Avatar for what he calls ďits message of saving the environment from exploitation.Ē
And truly, thatís what most people will take away from this film ó an appreciation of the beauty of the environment, itís fragility, and the threats against it. I doubt many will burn their bibles and start worshiping trees. But if they DO, we have a pretty good idea of what will be playing in their heavenly cinema.
Sorry, Kirk Cameron.