Cinema: Catholics & the Movies

This week, at Sunday Masses in U.S. Roman Catholic churches, priests read the annual pledge of the Legion of Decency, a national Catholic body which reviews all U.S. movies. Most members of their congregations, reciting the pledge with the priests, acknowledged a commitment: to avoid and, if possible, to attack openly all movies which the legion's censors have noted as "objectionable."

Admittedly, the legion and Catholic moviegoers have hiked up the moral tone of Hollywood productions. But this week Drama Critic Walter Kerr, writing in the Catholic lay weekly, the Commonweal, asked his...

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