Catholics Seek Protection Against Slurs in Films

Protection of Catholics against slurs in motion pictures was the subject of an international Catholic Film Congress held here recently. Representatives of 18 countries attended and the subject most discussed was that of state censorship.

The Congress adopted a resolution urging the formation of Catholic Film Committees in every country in the world. Other resolutions declared in favor of state censorship of films in every country, sufficient protection of the religious and moral feelings of Catholics, adequate protection of youth and exemption of educational and cultural films from the tax on amusements.

Dr. Marschall, of Cologne, reporting on the work of the Catholic film groups in Germany stated that: “We Catholics recognize and appreciate the importance of the film. By demanding censorship we strive to protect the interests of everyone, including those of the film producers and of the actors. For these latter, no benefit accrues if that important means of education is misused or polluted.

“What we demand is admission into public probation bureaus of Catholic experts to assist in the work of film control. We also want the theologians employed whenever religious subjects are to be dealt with in the films.”

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