Is it really Hollywood’s fault?
According to Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, it is.
Cardinal hits Hollywood hedonism
By Philip Tubeza
Philippine Daily Inquirer
Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales on Saturday faulted America’s Tinseltown for what he said was the increase in marital infidelity and gay and “live-in” relationships among today’s Filipinos.
According to Rosales, these are the results of a spreading materialistic culture not just in the Philippines but also in other countries because of the “hedonism” being peddled by “Hollywood and the like.”
“This is a product of the times … this materialism of people. Pleasure and luxury have become very important for people. In a sense, that’s a new idol, a false idol they worship,” Rosales said.
“People are now seeking the new gods of pleasure, money, sensuality and sexuality. Those are now the new gods,” he added.
Rosales said this hedonism was a “significant phenomenon” around the world and Filipinos have also been ensnared by its worldly delights.
“This is not only a phenomenon in the Philippines, it’s worldwide. The Philippines is just following this,” he said.
“That is now the new industry … to awaken the greed of people,” the archbishop said.
The Cardinal goes on…
The prelate believes a new alternative has to be offered against this self-indulgence and decadence, “because that shouldn’t be the life of man.”
“Man was not created simply for luxury and pleasure. Man was created in order to image the goodness and love of God. Maybe we have forgotten that,” he added.
Rosales said the Church was trying to counter this worldwide hedonistic culture by preaching more actively the Christian values found in the Bible.
“We should go back to the Word of God so that we would see its values … a culture that is about God and not just about man, a culture that has fear of God and values life. I think slowly it can be done,” Rosales said.
He rejected the notion that the Bible has no relevance to contemporary life.
“The time will come that society will become so decadent that we will go back to God,” he said.
I don’t see why the Cardinal blames “Hollywood or the like” for doing what it does and doing it well. The Cardinal would be better off looking at how to improve the packaging and delivery of his product instead.
What would you rather do, go to a movie or listen to the Cardinal’s homilies?
So why blame Hollywood?