Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Vatican unfamiliar with religious history

I couldn't help smirking when I read this article about reviews of the movie Avatar* by Vatican Radio and L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper.

It wasn't the predictable comments by the Vatican media (okay, except for maybe the use of "pseudo-doctrine" as an insult, which was pretty funny, considering its source). It was this:

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said that while the movie reviews are just that — film criticism, with no theological weight — they do reflect Pope Benedict XVI's views on the dangers of turning nature into a "new divinity."

A "new divinity"? Apparently the Vatican has forgotten that nature worship goes back thousands of years, which is surprising, given the number of nature worshippers and alleged nature worshippers that the Vatican and its adherents executed during the Middle Ages (and even before).

I thought the virtual elimination of paganism from Europe was supposed to be one of the Vatican's crowning achievements. Apparently it's too humble to remember its great deeds.

*which I have not yet seen, because my dad pretends that everything by James Cameron is below him so wouldn't go see it when I was visiting over Christmas