A film about vampires gets an endorsement from the Catholic Church. And for reasons that raised the eyebrows of pro-choice advocates. The Catholic Initiative for Enlightened Movie Appreciation (CINEMA), also known as the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) film rating and classification board endorsed the vampire-themed film in its blog, for the values it promotes. “CINEMA recommends both the novel and the movie for teenagers as it brings into focus the value of marriage, the need to protect life in the womb and the importance of family,” the blog read. Upon hearing the news, netizens flocked to social media to express their reactions. Most were surprised, others were annoyed, while a number of online users showed amusement. Some criticized the church for promoting Breaking Dawn 2, a film that netizens believe had anti-Catholic values.
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