CBCP’s Cinema endorses ‘Breaking Dawn Part 2’ for its pro-life message


PATTINSON AND STEWART. Expect the unexpected.

MANILA, Philippines — The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) movie ratings board has found a “pro-life” message in the vampires and werewolves movie “Breaking Dawn 2.”

In fact, the CBCP-Catholic Initiative for Enlightened Movie Appreciation (CINEMA) has recommended that the faithful watch the movie—the last installment of the Twilight series—and read the novel on which it was based.

The board gave it a “moral assessment” rating of “3.5 stars” or halfway between acceptable (three stars) and wholesome (four stars).

“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 ratings board said.

“If there is one thing Breaking Dawn 2, emphasizes it is the importance of family and how one’s love for them would compel us to sacrifice, fight and risk everything for their sake. The film also shows that a family not only means one blood relative,” the board said.

“Breaking Dawn 2—and perhaps the entire Twilight series—is not a vampire story where the creatures kill or are hunted but a story about love, acceptance, family and sacrifice set in a time where vampires and werewolves existed,” it added.

While giving the film an “average” rating for its technical aspects, the board was quick to point out that it was “remarkably clean and enjoyable.”

“There is that seamless overlapping of real action and CGIs that audience can easily get lost inside the fantasy world. Storywise, it did stay faithful to the book but interpreted it a tad too slow and trite with too much sentimentality and MTV-moments,” CINEMA said.

“However, it was a good directorial call to include the battle scene between the two groups as it added the much needed action and recaptured the audiences’ sympathy towards the characters,” it said.

The board noted that Breaking Dawn 2 picked up the story from the last sequel and “sees a fully transformed mother and vampire in Bella (Kristen Stewart), who embraces this new life with great happiness. Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), Bella and Edward’s daughter, is special.”

“Not only is she half vampire—gifted with superhuman speed and strength and the ability to penetrate mental shields and project her thoughts to another; she is also half human—warm blooded and with the ability to grow and mature,” CINEMA said.

“But Bella’s fairytale is doused with stinging cold waters when Irina, a vampire from the Denali clan tells the Volturi that the couple violated one of the most important laws and created an immortal child,” it said.

“Now, Bella realizes she has to protect her child from the Volturi. So the Cullens gather witnesses from foreign covens and Jacob’s new pack in the hope of standing up against the Volturi,” it added.

The board said that while the actors “displayed understanding and chemistry of both their roles and with and one another’s characters,” Bella still had “that irritating insecure awkwardness as a vampire—a far comparison to the mysterious iciness of the rest.”

“But, of course, of all of them Bella is the only one who wanted to become a vampire,” CINEMA said.

“There had been critics of Bella’s immaturity in the previous films as well as disdain towards a story that centers on a girl chasing a boy the last installments.  Here a more mature and selfless Bella emerges and shifts her attention from herself and her heartaches to her family and loved ones,” it added.

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  • peach black

    I am more applalled by the comments. Reading them give me the impression men in robes are still relevant in this day and age. Oh dear!

    • IQScoreInTheNegatives

      I wish they weren’t relevant, but these same men in robes always see fit to meddle in affairs that they shouldn’t, and their incompetence shows even more there. It’s like the spanish colonial period all over again.

    • AntonioPeYangIII

      Sadly, our politicos still think they are. Otherwise, why else would people like Sotto and JPE be forever delaying the RH Bill?

  • John Panopio

    why am i still a catholic? ZzZzzZzZzZz

    • Jabba Wookie

      because you are hanging on to tradition

      • boypalaban

        anong tradition? christmas tradition?

      • jolly_baby

         duhh.. out of context

    • jolly_baby

       Iglesia ni kristo likes it too.

  • Krizz Ibarra

    april fools day in december.  breaks me up.

    • jolly_baby

       Yah conflict of interest. CBCP promotes.. Vaitcan against the movie.

  • Hein S

    They will endorse the WALKING DEAD Zombies for refusing to die.

    Pro life daw.  BWAHAHAHA.

    • boypalaban

      steven zahl…isulat mo ulit yung “Let us not be trying hard catholics.”

    • ricky sanoria

      I agree with boypalaban. Namiss na namin yung paulit paulit at walang kamatayan mong comment na “Let us not be trying hard Catholics.”

  • jolly_baby

    Vatican Not a Fan of Vampires and Werewolves, Calls Twilight a “Moral Vacuum”

    Go and search for it :) This will get interesting.

    • AntonioPeYangIII

      And yet here we have the CBCP endorsing it, plain as day.

  • John Lim

    BTW.. That movie and novel promotes adultery… Naughty priests :D

    • jolly_baby

       That is why the vatican itself is againts the movie

  • AntonioPeYangIII

    You can’t be pro-life by promoting the UNdead.  

    The CBCP should really dust off that old D&D rulebook…

    Also, what the CBCP fails to understand is that Bella CHOSE to have her baby, and that while she lay there dying, she had the benefit of a vampire husband to giver her vampire powers, allowing her to heal from the post-birth wounds which would have otherwise torn her apart.

    • manny

      shut up big mouth, are you a sissy, ur crying out too loud for a man.

      • AntonioPeYangIII

        So not only are you unable to spell or capitalize your words properly, you’re also a sexist with serious masculinity issues.

        Honey, it’s the 21st century. Speaking like a caveman is not considered “manly” anymore. Neither is trying to talk down somebody when you yourself are incoherent. 

  • Junrey Beduya

    This is one of the reasons why I no longer believe in religion

    • jolly_baby

       There is a religion that does not believe in religion.. sounds weird but true,

      • ricky sanoria

         Is it called atheism?

      • MindfulofToday

        Atheism is not a religion. 

      • AntonioPeYangIII

        Oh, you mean like how being bald is a hairstyle?

  • AntonioPeYangIII

    Leave it to the CBCP to endorse a movie that’s all about a love triangle involving necrophilia and zoophilia. 

    • boypalaban

      at ikaw yung bida na zombie at ikaw din yung tikbalang….este ikaw pala yung manananggal and/or magnanakaw ng lakas…

      • AntonioPeYangIII


        I’d rather be the troll ;)

    • manny

      Self-projection in psychology is a defense mechanism that is usually employed unconsciously.

  • AntonioPeYangIII

    Dear CBCP, 

    Your bosses in the Vatican hated the Twilight franchise. Can we call you heretics now?

    //Monsignor Franco Perazzolo, of the Pontifical Council of Culture, said: ‘Men and women are transformed with horrible masks and it is once again that age-old trick or ideal formula of using extremes to make an impact at the box office.

    ‘This film is nothing more than a moral vacuum with a deviant message and as such should be of concern.’

    The attack comes three weeks after the Catholic Church in Italy condemned Halloween as ‘anti-Christian and dangerous’ and urged parents not to dress their children as ghosts and goblins.//
    ^ Via The Daily Mail

    • ricky sanoria

      Vatican has not released any official teaching of the Catholic Church regarding the “Twilight” movies. The statements of Msgr. Perazzolo and even that of CINEMA are simply opinions of Catholic groups or individuals based on various ways of interpreting the said movie.  Since there is no official teaching that is contradicted, there is certainly NO heresy involved in the CINEMA review. Peace!

      • AntonioPeYangIII

        Point taken. 

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