The Vatican Gives ‘New Moon’ Two Thumbs Down

By: Celebuzz / November 20, 2009

What do Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and Monsignor Franco Perazzolo have in common? Besides having the admiration of tweens everywhere, we mean?

None of them are big on New Moon.

Yahoo! Movies reports that Perazzolo, of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council of Culture, has condemned the Twilight sequel, blasting it as “deviant” and a “moral vacuum.”

According to the Roman Catholic Church official,

“This theme of vampires in Twilight combines a mixture of excesses that, as ever is aimed at young people and gives a heavy esoteric element…This film is nothing more than a moral vacuum with a deviant message and as such should be of concern.”

Since it wasn’t mentioned in Perazzolo’s statement, we can only assume that the Vatican is A-OK with Taylor Lautner‘s rampant shirtlessness in the flick.

Though the Vatican has a long history of condemning what it considers to be inappropriate entertainment, this latest round of tsk-tsking marks a reversal of its more recent film critiques; they recently characterized Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and the Da Vinci Code sequel as “harmless entertainment,” after lambasting the original films.