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"My wife will not allow our children to watch this movies. I don't object to watching, but will not overrule her decision. Why is it wrong to watch this movies?"

 

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I am not sure if you are talking about a specific movie or about all movies in general, put probably the answer would still be the same – namely that they can be very harmful, especially to children. Here are a couple quotations that may be helpful...

"Parents on their part should remember that it is their duty to see that entertainments and publications which might endanger faith and morals do not enter their houses and that their children are not exposed to them elsewhere." (Second Vatican Council)

"It is no less necessary to direct and watch the education of the adolescent, 'soft as wax to be moulded into vice,' in whatever other environment he may happen to be, removing occasions of evil and providing occasions for good in his recreations and social intercourse; for 'evil communications corrupt good manners.'" (Pope Pius XI, "Divini Illius Magistri", 1929 A.D.)

Even in the 1930's when movies were 'much less' offensive than they are now, the pope warned...

"Indeed the effectiveness of our schools, of our Catholic associations, and even of our churches is lessened and endangered by the plague of evil and pernicious motion pictures." (Pope Pius XI, "Vigilanti Cura", 1936 A.D.)

You can find more quotations here.

You should know that media today is rife with offensive references (even in children's movies) and frequently touts an anti-Christian agenda. Children who watch these things may be harmed spiritually, and likewise such viewing may harm children's behaviors, morals & outlooks, it may damage their innocence, etc. Such media may similarly be quite detrimental for adults.

It is good to hear that your wife is protecting your children from what may be a very dangerous influence, and it is good that you are supportive her decision.

May God bless you, your wife, and your family.


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