Why the Pope Hates the 'Twilight' Movies

If you thought the critics were harsh, wait until you here what The Pope thinks of The Twilight Saga: New Moon. This weekend, Vatican officials called the Twilight films "nothing more than a moral vacuum with a deviant message." Apparently, the Roman Catholic Church isn't so big on vampires. Go figure!

Here are a few other ways to get your movie condemned by the Holy See:

Make magic look really cool. -- The official Vatican newspaper condemned Harry Potter in 2008 for promoting "the seductive power of magic" without a Christian foundation.

Use complicated characters. The Vatican reversed their position on the Harry Potter films last year, saying that Half-Blood Prince got the "correct balance" between good and evil. In other words: it was easy to tell the good guys from the bad guys.

Accuse the Catholic Church of being involved in an evil global conspiracy. This one should be a no-brainer, but The Da Vinci Code did an impressive job of thoroughly pissing off His Holiness, as did the sequel Angels and Demons.

Show lots of teen drama. In addition to the vampires, the Church is objecting to New Moon on the grounds that it "combines a mixture of excesses that... is aimed at young people."

If you're curious what the Bishops and Cardinals watch on Movie Night, the Vatican has actually issued a list of its favorite films. It's a Wonderful Life, The Wizard of Oz, Stagecoach, Little Women and 2001: A Space Odyssey are all Pope-approved for your viewing pleasure.

Haven't seen the first Twilight film yet? Read our Cliffs Notes!

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