Here is an article from The Fairfield County Catholic (Diocese of Bridgeport, CT) that I think will shed some light of understanding and calm on the recent controversy surrounding reviews about The Golden Compass. This interview/article says to me that it is good to read carefully, think, and ask questions in the interest of authentic dialogue about the products of popular culture. I think the paper has chosen the better part: to respond rather than react.
The December 14, 2007 The Tidings, the newspaper of the Archdicoese of Los Angeles (www.the-tidings.com) ran two letters to the editor about an article and my review of "The Golden Compass". Although the film is on its way out of theaters, it will come out soon on DVD and will have a long shelf life, as the books already have. Therefore, I think it is deeply interesting and meaningful to compare and contrast the two perspectives as we consider the lingering presence of this title and any other controversial films/books that may come out in the future.
'The Golden Compass': Just say no? Or shall we talk?
'Compass': Challenging believers to articulate faith, values