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Bernard Oniwe OP
Dear Fr. Barron, You are right on target, this is an example of secular apocalypse. I just saw the movie (but will let people know it is not worth seeing) and I noted all the points you made-it is very anti-God and Christianity. Catholicism, as usual was negatively represented. I also noted that they spared a visual destruction of muslims at prayer. Perhaps the producers are afraid Islam. But I am glad that the movie recognises that the world will pass away one day. Unfortunately, thier answers to the cataclysmic destruction of the world is in science and humanity. What a pity. I hope people find the answer where it is to be found-in Jesus Christ.
11/28/2009 10:37:06 PM
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alloycowboy
I think we should enact a five year moratorium on all apocalyptic films. This genre has been so over done and abused in the last ten years that if I have to watch another I may snap and take the whole world with me. Thankfully ebooks readers have finally hit the market and I am now scrounging classic Catholic books off the internet. Using Father John McCloskey's Lifetime Reading Plan as a guide. Which brings me to my question. So Father Barron,if you were to create a list of recommended Catholic books what books would be on it?
12/3/2009 10:15:03 PM
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Meinrad Scherer-Emunds
I found your comments on 2012 quite interesting. I'm not sure this frivolous end-time fantasy will "go down in the annals of cinematic anti-Catholicism." It plays on Americans' fascination with the apocalypse and the end of the world, but besides its pulling out all the stops in cinematic special-effects disaster, there is really not much there. The simplistic plot development and cliche-ridden dialogue were utterly forgettable. Anyway, for anyone interested, I just wrote a story for U.S. Catholic magazine that uses the movie as a springboard to discuss a Catholic take on the Second Coming and the "end of the world":
http://uscatholic.org/church/scripture-and-theology/2009/11/ready-or-not-here-i-comeagain-catholics-second-coming and
http://uscatholic.org/church/2009/11/case-rapture-don%E2%80%99t-get-fooled
12/4/2009 10:00:29 AM
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VBS
I completely agree with you, Meinrad. Not just with you, but I agree with the article 100%. Movies like these are just so silly. While I don't believe that the Apocalypse is going to occur in that matter (and around that time), I think taking it out of the biblical context is a tad insulting. The end of times is something that many Christians, and people of most religious groups, hold close to heart. I'm not saying that Christianity needs to be taken super seriously, but this movie is just a TEENSY bit offensive. :/

Anyway, your comments were very eloquent. Thanks for sharing your views on not only the movie, but on Hollywood's take on the end of times.
2/8/2011 7:45:29 PM
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