The U.S. bishops have withdrawn their positive review of the fantasy film, “The Golden Compass”, which opened in the United States last weekend.
The movie, which brought in $26.1 million in its full opening weekend, is based on a series of children’s books by British author and outspoken atheist Philip Pullman.
Director Harry Forbes and staff reviewer John Mulderig of the Office for Film and Broadcasting for the USCCB gave the controversial film a positive review, which was subsequently used to market it to dioceses across the United States. However, it must be noted that the advertisers created an ad which misrepresented Harry Forbes’ review by quoting it out of context.
No reason was given by the USCCB for the withdraw of the review.