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I am unfortunately not aware of any single reliable source of information like you have requested. However, I can provide a few observations/suggestions that I hope might help...

* Be cautious about reviews, and maintain a "healthy mistrust". It is good to keep in mind that the reviews are only as reliable as the reviewers, which oftentimes is not at all reliable. For example, it is clear that some popular "Catholic" movie reviews have been downright scandalous – sadly even including movie reviews appearing on diocesan sites. You might be quite surprised (even shocked) at what they have considered acceptable viewing. As a parent, you should be aware of this fact. Also, the nature of the list must be considered (e.g. are they trying to sell you something?, is it faithfully Catholic?). One tip: If they recommend books like Harry Potter, this is NOT a good sign...

"Behind Harry Potter hides the signature of the king of the darkness, the devil" (Chief Exorcist of Rome, Father Gabriele Amorth)

"It is good, that you enlighten people about Harry Potter, because those are subtle seductions, which act unnoticed and by this deeply distort Christianity in the soul, before it can grow properly" (Cardinal Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI)

[Note: For more information, try 'Critic Suggests Demonic Influence in Blockbuster Works' article here.]

* When looking for suitable materials for purchase (e.g. movies, books), it has been my experience that a good method is first to look at the offerings of trusted publishers (e.g. those with a strong reputation for faithfulness). You may find the caliber of their offerings is superior to less trusted publishers.

* Typically, older publications (e.g. before the 1960's) may be "safer". Unfortunately, a fair number of "contemporary" publications may contain questionable to overtly unsuitable material. The good news is that many older publications are available to download online for free.

* Avoid "updated versions" of traditional materials. In certain cases, the changes may "destroy" the work.

* For ideas for suitable materials in various subjects, you might contact traditional Catholic homeschooling group(s) and ask if they have reading recommendations. However, be certain they are fully orthodox (small 'o') and be cautious about situations where they may have a financial interest in recommended materials.

* When I have had requests in the past for information about certain books/authors, it didn't take me long to find serious problems with them by simply scanning online customer reviews. Of course one must use caution with these reviews, but some may still prove beneficial.

* Be on guard against modernism, as it may affect 'a lot' of Catholic media today.

* With the state of things in the world today, it unfortunately can be quite a challenge to find materials free from offensive content. That is why many faithful Catholics stick with traditional reading materials. As applicable, I generally prefer to focus on older materials with imprimaturs and good authors – especially books by saints and other holy persons. There is only so much time, so why waste it on unworthy books?

* Ultimately, there is really no substitute for reading/watching the item yourself (of course this would be done *after* diligent research indicates that the material is appropriate), even though this might prove somewhat time-consuming. Nevertheless it is important for parents to take all manner of precautions to protect their dear ones.

Finally, you might be interested in some quotes from popes & saints regarding activities & reading. They can be helpful for gaining perspective on what types of things might be suitable. For example, consider these reflections... (click links to view)

* Quotes Re: Movies, TV, Recreation

* Quotes Re: Reading Materials

I am sorry I wasn't able to provide the specific information you were looking for, but I hope something above might still be of some assistance.


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