Roman Catholics: The Changing Legion of Decency

What group gave its approval to films dealing with such touchy themes as unwed pregnancy (The L-Shaped Room), sexual fetishism (The Collector), infidelity (Juliet of the Spirits), and the emptiness of Jet Set life (Darling)! The answer: that stern old guardian of movie morals, the Roman Catholic National Legion of Decency. Despite its reputation as a censorious successor to Comstock, the Legion has lately changed into a surprisingly sophisticated appraiser of adult films; it is even dropping its rather arrogant and muscular name.

The Legion still holds firmly to morality in movies....

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