The review he authored of "The Golden Compass" has been pulled from the USCCB website. Now, Catholic leaders like Fr. Tom Euteneuer of HLI have called for his firing.
At the risk of sounding self-serving since I am a film critic, I think that it's time to disband this office. It served well in the days before the internet, as I said before, my mother relied on it, however, it has lost it's moral compass, and is no longer reliable. I don't have faith in much that the bishops do as a body these days, after the weak message on pro-abortion politicians, so, let the marketplace of Catholic film reviews take over, and abolish the office altogether. Let people go to me at Mercatornet, or Steve Greydanus, at Decent Films Guide, Jeffrey Overstreet, or the blogs, to find out if the film they're interested in is objectionable for the children, and why.
By the way, the USCCB Office of Film gave "Enchanted" an AI rating, and I gave it an AII. due to inappropriate sexual content; in a fairy tale. My insight that this movie would spark good mother-daughter discussions about the nature of romance and marriage after the film was appreciated by mother and Catholic blogger, Kathryn Gerold-Miller, who said, " As always, Leticia Velasquez has pointedly detailed some of the points parents should look for in preparation for their post-viewing discussion with their children."
Harry Forbes gives the impression that he has no family, or any idea of what sort of material is inappropriate for adults, let alone children. This is a constant temptation for film critics, to become enamored of a particular film's style, or plot, or acting, forgetting to look for objectionable moral content. Did you realize, that until the late 1960's the US bishops were THE moral authority of Hollywood? Their thumbs down would automatically sink a film.
How far we've fallen!