I am not interested in your diagnosis of my spiritual life, which is both unwarranted and inappropriate on this forum. It is also totally irrelevant to the question I asked.
Film sequences, for example, which show men and women engaging in acts of fornication and adultery, even when such scenes do not necessarily show explicit sexual activity, are still unwholesome and inappropriate for those who profess Christ’s holy religion.
Why? This is not Catholic teaching.
Then there is the whole issue of scantily dressed men and women, often engaging in passionate kissing and caressing. How does viewing such unwholesome content square with a biblical passage such as Phillipians 4: 8? Is such indecent material conducive to the earnest pursuit of holiness or is it rather calculated to incite unchaste and sensual thoughts?
Such indecent material would indeed be inappropriate. I cannot actually remember a film in which individuals were caressing, but that is a different issue. Yes, scantily-clad men and women who are dressed as such for the purpose of titillating the audience should not be there.
Incidently, the actor British actor, Christopher Lee (of Hammer Horror fame) has often said that what makes a film frightening is not so much what the audience sees as what it does not see, or what is implied and left to the imagination.
His opinion is not Catholic doctrine, and it certainly does not apply to me. We are not in a position to dictate what is most scary to other individuals.
Portrait, you have still not actually answered my question, and your non-response was not even succinct. I assume that you are literate, so I am a bit confused. Can you help me out? Below is my question.
**Portrait, in VERY succinct language, please explain how one can determine whether a given program is moral or immoral. That is, what criteria permit a sound judgment of an arbitrary show? **
I erroneously assumed that you would understand my question given its simplicity. Perhaps I should rephrase with a hypothetical scenario:
I have a particular book that I am reading, but it could be immoral! What am I to do? How can I tell whether it is moral or not?
Since you have problems with concision and staying on task, which I do take personally because I do not enjoy reading paragraphs of material completely irrelevant to the simple questions I asked, I will obligingly offer some tips:
*]Omit anything that does not directly answer my question
*]Do not feel compelled to use complete sentences
*]Lists are useful
*]Use adjectives sparingly
It rather rude of you not to be respectful of the time of your readers, by offering needlessly long posts, and not to be respectful of their human dignity, by neither answering their questions nor refusing to, which implies strongly that what they are asking is far less important than whatever repetitive and unusable diatribe falls upon our ears from your soapbox.