Why blame Hollywood?

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?

Yun lang.

Manuel Buencamino

Buencamino was a weekly columnist for Today and Business Mirror. He has also written articles in other publications like Malaya, Newsbreak, "Yellow Pad" in Business World, and "Talk of the Town" in the Inquirer. He is currently with Interaksyon, the news site of TV5. MB blogged for Filipino Voices, blogs for ProPinoy and maintains a blog, Uniffors.com. Game-changers for him, as far as music goes, are Monk, Miles, Jimi, and Santana.

  • mario taporco

    The Cardinal would be better off looking at how to improve the packaging and delivery of his product instead. per MB

     In this case, the Cardinal should ask or tell CBCP not to get involve with politics, and to stop peddling their beliefs to what our nation are really concern about; our government.

  • Bert

    “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,”

    Maybe the Cardinal’s priests have forgotten that. Maybe his priests are avid Hollywood fans, too. Or some of his priests. The Cardinal’s tirade should have been addressed to them, too.

    • Maybe that explains why some priests became pedophiles, maybe they went Hollywood as the saying goes.

  • Cocoy

    i’m not a firm believer on saying one guy’s content is evil or not. If the Church really believes in that, it should instead of laying blame on the other side, create content that they think is appropriate or support programs, performances that they think are more in line.

    It is easy to say, “one is evil.” It is a subjected world. Some people just have different taste than others. I believe the only answer to bad ideas or bad content is to make your own better ideas, and better content.