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Anti-Papal Travesty

Three cheers [1] for decent historians:

A Vatican-backed historian has attacked the film Elizabeth: The Golden Age as a “distorted anti-papal travesty” that risks dividing the West just when it should be rediscovering its “common Christian roots” in the face of Islam.

Stuart Reid [2] at The Spectator‘s Coffee House blog is making sense:

Any depiction of those years that depicts Elizabeth as the good guy and Philip as the bad guy is comic-book history.

He is also even more hard-core than I am:

What a pity the Armada failed.

Reid and Cardini and I are not alone in our objections to the film [3]:

The Catholic News Service, which is run by the United States Bishops Conference, said: “With the single exception of Mary, Queen of Scots, all the Catholics in the film are twisted, embittered intriguers.”

And even then their depiction of Mary Stuart isn’t exactly flattering.

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#1 Comment By ducinaltum On November 2, 2007 @ 9:22 am

Could not be that anti-Catholic, as his Eminence, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster allowed his Cathedral to be used in the filming….

I mean really?

Sarcasm aside, perhaps even more distresing to us faithful Catholics was HE Card. Egan’s invitation and feasting with Tony Blair, the man who was responsible for passing a law last summer which effectively made the Catholic Church get out of foster care in the UK altogether.

O tempora O Mores!

#2 Comment By Joules On November 2, 2007 @ 9:03 pm

The movie hollers “Fantasy!” at every turn. It was entertainment; not history. I’ll watch Cate Blanchett do almost anything. I love her performances.