The Vatican has slammed the new movie The Golden Compass and asked New Line film studio not to distribute it.
The film, based on a novel of the same name by Philip Pullman, has topped the box office in Britain but the Catholic church called it anti-Christian and cold. The Vatican has issued a statement saying it hoped New Line would abandon the idea of filming the sequels, reports contactmusic.com.
The statement said: "In Pullman's world, hope simply does not exist because there is no salvation but only personal, individualistic capacity to control the situation and dominate events."
It further called the movie the "most anti-Christian film possible". The film portrays the church as an orthodox dictatorship, which conducts cruel experiments on children and tries to suppress free will.
The Golden Compass stars Nicole Kidman and Dakota Blue Richards in the lead.