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Legion of Decency Question
« on: June 12, 2018, 09:30:49 AM »
I know that the Legion would maintain a list of movies that was considered immoral as a guide to Catholics. Did this have the official sanction of the Church? If so could someone point me to the relevant document/website. Did the Legion ever include books on it's list?
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Re: Legion of Decency Question
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2018, 01:38:37 PM »
How official is official? It was an arm of the USCCB. Its diocesan directors were appointed by the Ordinaries. In fact, 'Catholic ratings' are still given by Catholic News Service which is also an arm of the USCCB.
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Re: Legion of Decency Question
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2018, 02:33:42 PM »
I need to go through my dvd's from the covered era and make sure I don't have any.

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Re: Legion of Decency Question
« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2018, 02:43:52 PM »
Here is a scan of a book that they published, listing all their classifications for all (US) movies from 1936-1959.

https://archive.org/details/motionpicturescl00nati
 
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Re: Legion of Decency Question
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2018, 04:22:09 PM »
Is it ever morally licit for a women/child to be an actor? No matter how decent their roles are? I know what we moderns would say to that but I would guess that pre-v2 bishops would in some way tend to adopt the church fathers views on morality.
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Re: Legion of Decency Question
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2018, 07:25:39 AM »
Both of the lists below are apparently incomplete:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_films_condemned_by_the_Legion_of_Decency


I'm surprised that the Exorcist is on there.
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Re: Legion of Decency Question
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2018, 09:26:17 AM »
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly?  Probably because the hero wasn't exactly a hero
 

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Re: Legion of Decency Question
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2018, 09:33:56 AM »

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly?  Probably because the hero wasn't exactly a hero

Actually, it looks like Clint Eastwood's movies were almost universally condemned. High Plains Drifter and Outlaw Josie Wales are also on the list.
 

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Re: Legion of Decency Question
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2018, 10:43:11 AM »
Surprised The Bad Seed wasn't condemned in '56.


Just did a google search and cannot find that it was. Odd.
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Re: Legion of Decency Question
« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2018, 11:32:26 AM »
I know that the Legion would maintain a list of movies that was considered immoral as a guide to Catholics. Did this have the official sanction of the Church? If so could someone point me to the relevant document/website. Did the Legion ever include books on it's list?

Sorry to derail a bit, but it's great to see someone brought up about the Legion of Decency. For a while I've heard of them but thought they were long defunct. What's the current status quo now? Does the Legion still exists?
 

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Re: Legion of Decency Question
« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2018, 12:44:17 PM »
No. Catholic News Service, an arm of the USCCB (as was the Legion) still gives movies 'Catholic ratings' as I pointed out, but there is no Legion of Decency, no pledge to sign, etc.
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Re: Legion of Decency Question
« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2018, 12:47:24 PM »
I know that the Legion would maintain a list of movies that was considered immoral as a guide to Catholics. Did this have the official sanction of the Church? If so could someone point me to the relevant document/website. Did the Legion ever include books on it's list?

Sorry to derail a bit, but it's great to see someone brought up about the Legion of Decency. For a while I've heard of them but thought they were long defunct. What's the current status quo now? Does the Legion still exists?

I believe that the Legion started out as an ecumenical endeavor, but because Catholics where the largest group it eventually became a strictly Catholic thing. The Legion eventually had its name changed to the National Catholic Office of Motion Pictures in the 60's, in the 80's they no longer published any reviews.  Eventually it was kinda reborn again by being renamed to the USCCB's Office for Film and Broadcast, and then that was shut down in the 2000's.




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Re: Legion of Decency Question
« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2018, 02:36:02 PM »
No. Catholic News Service, an arm of the USCCB (as was the Legion) still gives movies 'Catholic ratings' as I pointed out, but there is no Legion of Decency, no pledge to sign, etc.

And the reviewer for the CNS gave a somewhat favorable(?!!) rating to Brokeback Mountain, so we can see what a good source that is for ratings.

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Re: Legion of Decency Question
« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2018, 04:05:17 PM »
Surprised The Bad Seed wasn't condemned in '56.


Just did a google search and cannot find that it was. Odd.
This was a seriously messed up movie.
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