Cinema: Hollywood Encyclical

Ever since 1934, when the Roman Catholic Legion of Decency forced them to make their products less offensive, cinema producers have been satisfied that their wares matched the highest standards of Christian morality.

Last week they were undeceived. In the longest encyclical he has ever addressed primarily to the archbishops and bishops of the U. S., Pope Pius XI roundly flayed the U. S. motion picture industry, congratulated the Legion of Decency on improving it slightly and advocated reviewing boards in every country in the world to list the cinemas fit for Roman...

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