The Vatican newspaper and radio station voiced their opinion about "Avatar," calling the film simplistic and sappy with awe-inspiring special effects. Outside of that, the Vatican wasn't happy that the movie presented nature as something to worship.
"[The film] gets bogged down by a spiritualism linked to the worship of nature," they said. "[It] cleverly winks at all those pseudo-doctrines that turn ecology into the religion of the millennium. Nature is no longer a creation to defend, but a divinity to worship."
This statement reflects Pope Benedict XVI's views on the dangers of turning nature into a "new divinity." He has often spoken about the need to protect the environment, earning the nickname of "green pope." But he also has balanced that call with a warning against turning environmentalism into neo-paganism.
This is just one of many criticisms of "Avatar," with others being that the film promotes smoking, anti-militaristic, anti-human and racist messages.
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