Cincinnati Archbishop Says “50 Shades of Grey” Movie Attacks Christian Marriage, Calls for Boycott

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Are you Catholic and planning to see the hotly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey movie this weekend?

Not so fast.

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr recently sent a letter to priests describing the movie as “a direct assault on Christian marriage” and urging pastors to speak out against it to their congregations.

“We need to inform our people about the destructive message of this movie and to highlight the beauty of God’s design for loving relationships between a husband and wife,” Schnurr wrote in the Feb. 4 letter.

For several days, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s Facebook page included an image alongside Schnurr’s message that asked Catholics to boycott the movie and send a $50 donation to a domestic violence shelter instead.

Archdiocese spokesman Dan Andriacco said posting that image, however, was a mistake made by a staffer overseeing the page. While the archbishop agrees with the sentiment, Andriacco said, he is not endorsing a specific action such as donating money.

“I’m sure the archbishop would not think it’s a bad idea, but it’s not his idea,” Andriacco said. “This is not something the archbishop specifically has asked for.”

He said the image of the boycott campaign has been taken down from the Facebook page, but the archbishop’s letter about the movie remains.

On social media, the movement #50DollarsNot50Shades has caught fire with users urging people to donate to domestic abuse shelters instead of going to see the movie.

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SOURCE: USA Today / The Cincinnati Enquirer
Sharon Coolidge and Dan Horn

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