Statement from Daughters of St. Paul: “Condemned” series on TCM hosted by Sr. Rose Pacatte

Statement from the Daughters of St. PaulBeginning on Thursday, March 3, Sr. Rose Pacatte, the founding Director of the Pauline Center for Media Studies in Culver City, CA, will be providing introductions and commentary on a series of films for Turner Classic Movies (TCM) entitled “Condemned.” While the title is provocative, the subject consists in twenty-seven films that were condemned by the Catholic Legion of Decency between the years 1933 – 1965, and then some in the following years … [Read more...]

“Censoring the Silver Screen” a History of the Legion of Decency

This paper was written by Sister Nancy Usselmann, FSP in 2013 as a Church History project. It's a good overview of the history of the Legion of Decency in view of the upcoming series on TCM "Condemned" that I will be hosting (all the Thursdays of March, 2016).HISTORY OF MOVIE CENSORSHIP IN THE UNITED STATESLong before the Catholic Church became officially involved in rating the morality in films, the Motion Picture Industry itself had developed it’s own form of self- censorship due to … [Read more...]

TCM Announces Programming Event Featuring Movies Condemned By The Catholic Church hosted by Sr. Rose Pacatte

Hi everyone,Just wanted to share this news with you so you can program your DVR. This is a fascinating look at older films and why they were condemned or found offensive and objectionable by the Legion of Decency. I am the host for about 17 or 18 of the films, usually the first 3-4 of the evening (each Thursday during March.) My approach is cinematic, historical and educational. Some of the films once deemed "condemned" were revisited years later and reclassified by the National Catholic … [Read more...]

Henry Herx, Catholic film critic, scholar and head of US Bishops’ film office – obituary

I wrote a blog post for the National Catholic Reporter today noting the death of Henry Herx. Click here to access the story.As soon as I sent that off I received an email from James Wall in Chicago. Jim is a contributing editor to The Christian Century magazine and from 1972 - 1999 was the editor of the magazine. I met Jim at the City of Angels Film Festival in 2000 at a screening of John Ford's The Searchers. I did not realize that Jim was a greater fan of the film that I was. Since then we … [Read more...]