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Vatican newspaper argues against opera funding cuts, praises J. Edgar

January 23, 2012

Citing a recent economic study, an op-ed piece published in L’Osservatore Romano urges governments not to cut public funding for opera companies. Giuseppe Pennisi, president of the technical-scientific committee for the economy of culture of Italy’s Ministry for Cultural Assets and Activities, believes that “the decision of emerging Asia to invest in opera houses is also rational from the strictly economic and not only cultural viewpoint.”

In a separate article, Gaetano Vallini offers a positive review of the 2011 film J. Edgar, praising director Clint Eastwood’s “intention to candidly recount the dark side of America, bulwark of democracy and beacon of freedom.” While Vallini calls J. Edgar a “classic film,” Catholic reviewers in the United States have been far less laudatory.


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  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Jan. 23, 2012 9:30 PM ET USA

    I suppose this has something to do with the preferential option for the poor?