While Fifty Shades of Grey may be a hit with moviegoers over the Valentine’s Day weekend, there is one bishop in El Paso, Texas, who is warning people that seeing it would be considered sinful.
In a statement on the official website for the Catholic Diocese of El Paso, Bishop Mark Seitz wrote that while he wasn’t telling people to not go see the movie, he said that those who do will be committing a sin.
“To sin is to deliberately go against God’s plan and His will for us; to expose ourselves to something that denigrates sexuality and glorifies the abuse of this gift. All sins appear good and even pleasant from the outside or people would not choose to commit them.”
The El Paso bishop continued by saying he was upset that a film like Fifty Shades of Grey has been getting so much attention, especially because of the content within the story.
“It is sad to see pornography mainstreamed to a new level in our society and women, who through the centuries have been the victims of men’s use as sexual objects, now glorifying the abuse.”
The El Paso bishop went on to explain why he considers pornography to be a sin.
“Pornography perverts the true purpose of sexual expression. God created sex as a life-giving expression of mutual self-donation of husband and wife. Sexual expression is the language of this unique and Godlike love in which each says to the other, ‘I give myself to you wholly and completely and without reservations.'”
In a separate statement obtained by KVIA, the El Paso bishop wrote that he is aware that Fifty Shades of Grey will be the top-grossing film over the weekend. But he still condemns the movie and those who choose to see it.
“It will be attended by couples and singles alike who are interested in seeing what is the world’s most popular, so-called ‘erotic’ trilogy come to the big screen. But this is more than going to a Valentine’s Day movie. Fifty Shades of Grey is pornography with a dangerous and degrading mainstream appeal.”
But the El Paso bishop is not the only religious person to criticize Fifty Shades of Grey. In a related report from the Inquisitr, Pastor Robert Jeffress of the First Baptist Church in Dallas, Texas, said on the Alan Colmes Show that the success of the movie could mean the world will end soon.
“I just think this movie may represent a new low in popular entertainment. That’s all I’m saying. And I’m just saying the Bible prophesized that in the End Times, there will be a lack of moral restraint, and I think we’re seeing that manifested in so many different ways.”
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