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By Diogenes (articles ) | Jul 06, 2006

The USCCB uses a six-element classification of film ratings, ranging from A-1 (general patronage) at one end of the spectrum, to O (morally offensive) at the other. The rating L is explained as "limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling." Troubling how? To one's taste, conscience, digestive system? Maybe we're not meant to ask.

Check out the explanation offered for the L rating assigned the movie Loverboy in the USCCB review:

Promiscuity, some brief sexual encounters, artificial insemination, partial rear and upper female nudity, breastfeeding, some crude language, an act of animal cruelty, suicide, and murder attempt.

Well. I'm glad they warned us about the breastfeeding.

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  • Posted by: - Jul. 12, 2006 8:33 AM ET USA

    "Promiscuity, some brief sexual encounters, artificial insemination, partial rear and upper female nudity, breastfeeding, some crude language" Sounds like the film reviewer was watching the annual LA Religious Ed Conference.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 10, 2006 10:03 PM ET USA

    My grandmother never missed Mass, and she breastfed six children....but NEVER in public. Likewise my mother's generation of women......likewise most of the women in my generation. This phenomenon of "I must breastfeed my child as soon as it makes a peep" no matter where we happen to be at the time is "modern". There are other options: Feed the child before Mass...or...take the child out of Mass and feed it...or...pump your breasts and feed by bottle.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 10, 2006 12:30 PM ET USA

    Furthermore, why does any woman want to breastfeed in public? Because the baby is hungry!!! Because she is a good mother who knows what is best for her infant. Because that is how God created us. Would you rather she let the child cry, or miss out on Mass?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 08, 2006 11:45 PM ET USA

    I don't know of anyone, outside these webpages, who pays much attention to the USCCB. Wasn't it Wm F. Buckley, Jr., who wrote decades ago that a USCCB conference that failed to issue any statement might be a sign of divine intervention, or at the very least a cause for relief? Those closeted priests who review the films are not, in any event, fooling anyone. Don't they weary of sending each other chortling e-mails over their latest "sly" expressions of avant-garde sensibiities?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 07, 2006 9:51 PM ET USA

    You know, it IS possible to breastfeed discreetly. Not so that someone observant wouldn't realize what you were doing, but so that no one would see anything they shouldn't. And babies will be hungry when they are hungry. Do you relegate bottle fed babies and their mothers to sitting in the bathroom stall during Mass if those babies are hungry?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 07, 2006 9:38 AM ET USA

    I fail to see how anyone could find breastfeeding offensive.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2006 10:15 PM ET USA

    The sight of women breastfeeding at Mass (which has been inflicted upon me more than once) is inappropriate and lacking in modesty (like halter tops). Furthermore, why does any woman want to breastfeed in public? It strikes me as an almost earth-motherish, "See what a good girl I am" statement. And before the La Leche League here jumps down my throat: I am female, I know the benefits of breast milk, and I know babies sometimes stop fussing when they start sucking - just please do it privately!

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2006 9:05 PM ET USA

    We would be well served to end the USCCB. It is as useless as the United Nations but more destructive to our Church and our people. The USCCB should be abolished NOW; and the monies spent supporting it; should be given to the poor!

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2006 6:11 PM ET USA

    What a waste of money! These reviews are worthless. If you want some real Christian analysis of films check out www.movieguide.org

  • Posted by: Charles134 - Jul. 06, 2006 5:03 PM ET USA

    Our collection plate $ at work. This bureacracy should be eliminated. Our bishops should be ashamed (yet again). I think a good indicator of one's faithfulness is whether or not one automatically cringes upon hearing that the USCCB has spoken on something.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2006 1:25 PM ET USA

    I read the UNSIGNED review at the USCCB site. It puzzles me that someone could write that litany of offensive activities and put breastfeeding in the middle. No wonder it is unsigned.... by the way, just what is Cardinal McCarrick doing these days???

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2006 12:31 PM ET USA

    Well, it ain’t the same as being condemned by the Legion of Decency, but I guess it’s better than nothing. Or is it?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2006 12:26 PM ET USA

    This is nothing. How about Happiness (1998), which failed to get an "O" rating. It boggles the mind. There is a scene that is supposed to be a tender father-son moment wherein a child actor has a spoken line requesting the father to sodomize (common four-letter term used) him. The film is criminal, yet got an "A-IV" (rating discontinued - now replaced by "L").

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2006 11:56 AM ET USA

    What a relief!!!! How could it be that the public should see what breasts were actually created for?

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2006 11:48 AM ET USA

    I can't help but think that moving the Office for Film and Broadcasting | (1011 First Avenue, 13th Floor, New York, NY 10022 | (202) 541-3000) to somewhere in the bible belt or, say, North Dakota, would greatly improve the moral clarity of the USCCB reviewers. Perhaps you could write your local bishop and ask him to urge this transfer on his brother bishops. Surely the rent would be cheaper, particularly in North Dakota.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2006 10:43 AM ET USA

    The only thing that I ever do regarding anything that comes out of the USCCB is to pray for their souls. What a poor excuse for the official body that is supposed to represent the American bishops. Consign them all to rural "peace and justice" parish committees where they can do less harm.

  • Posted by: - Jul. 06, 2006 9:49 AM ET USA

    Wow! It is easier now to understand why USCCB gives so few "O" ratings when most films today are morally offensive. The reviewer must be the same toad who provided us with such spiritually sensitive guidance on Brokeback Mountain.

  • Posted by: Sir William - Jul. 06, 2006 9:47 AM ET USA

    Don't laugh too hard about the breastfeeding warning. Our family has discovered that there is an incredible tolerance for semi-naked humanity (including halter tops and 'muscle shirts' on the excessively obese) yet the merest hint that a baby is breastfeeding under a blanket will incur embarrassed stares and rude comments. In a complete reverse of logic & reason, breasts are now solely sexual objects to be ogled , and should never be used to feed an infant, however discreetly, in public.