I know I’m going to catch heat for this, but I don’t pay attention to what others think mostly…
I let my two older children see the movie BEFORE their First Communion. Four years ago, the second the movie came out on DVD, I purchased it and my 7 year old daughter watched it with us. Every Holy Week since then, we have taken it off the shelf and watched it together. This year I purchased the Blu-Ray (well worth it for all the extras!!!) and my 6 year old son watched it with us for the first time on Sunday. The part with Judas being tormented shook him, but other than that he was fine. In fact, he was asking questions, knowing what was coming next, and almost kept up with the subtitles. He made the link to the sorrowful mysteries of the rosary. I doubt it will be long before he asks to watch it again.
My children have tough nerves. I live outside of DC and have been to the Right to Life March twice. My kids have seen the pictures of aborted babies, and I told them “there is evil in this world that we cannot pretend that we don’t see”. I have a 5 year old daughter who will not be seeing the film anytime soon, as in her case, I know the horror will override the lesson.
I am an 8th grade CCD teacher with my wife. I told my students (half of whom had already seen it) to ask their parents to let them watch it. I believe every kid should see the film before Confirmation, and even earlier if they can handle it. Rated R from MPAA means nothing to me, given all the times they get that wrong.
I admit, my wife and I are different. I am white/Mexican. She is black. Our kids already have thick skin. We are both Army veterans. We have instilled senses of duty, honor, patriotism, and sacrafice in our children.
Well, if I was wrong, feel free tell me why. I am listening.