A reader of mine noticed that the USCCB film review for Brokeback Mountain is now rated O ( morally offensive) and wondered if that had been a change. Yes indeed, they updated the rating from L (limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling.) At least the new rating is better, but the sympathetic review is still the same.
Update: Jimmy Akin guest posts on Mark Shea’s blog about the review and the ratings change and what Jimmy call their non-retraction retraction as noted below.
"Originally rated L (limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling), ‘Brokeback Mountain’ has been reclassified O — morally offensive — by the USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting. This has been done because the serious weight of the L rating — which restricts films in that category to those who can assess, from a Catholic perspective, the moral issues raised by a movie — is, unfortunately, misunderstood by many. Because there are some in this instance who are using the L rating to make it appear the church’s — or the USCCB’s — position on homosexuality is ambiguous, the classification has been revised specifically to address its moral content."
So we only misunderstood the review and it is our fault that they had to change the rating. This unfortunately is about par for the course when it comes the the Unites States Catholic Conference of Bureaucrats – oh I mean Bishops.