‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ called ‘direct assault’ on marriage, morality

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February 11, 2015

Scene from movie 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson star in a scene from the movie “Fifty Shades of Grey.” The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. (CNS photo/Universal Pictures and Focus Features)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The new movie “Fifty Shades of Grey” is “a direct assault on Christian marriage and on the moral and spiritual strength of God’s people,” Cincinnati’s archbishop told pastors in his archdiocese.

“We need to inform our people about the destructive message of this movie and to highlight the beauty of God’s design for loving relationships between a husband and a wife in the bond of marriage,” Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr said in an early February letter.

“The story line is presented as a romance; however, the underlying theme is that bondage, dominance, and sadomasochism are normal and pleasurable,” he added.

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