I see that a Vatican supported historian has attacked the new film, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, as a “distorted anti-papal travesty” and claimed that it risks dividing the West just when it should be rediscovering its “common Christian roots” in the face of Islam.
Professor Franco Cardini penned this opinion in Avvenire, the official organ of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, and said that the film formed part of a “concerted attack on Catholicism” by atheists and “apocalyptic Christians”.
Professor Cardini said “a film which so profoundly and perversely falsifies history cannot be judged a good film”. It had potentially offered “a contribution to the understanding of a moment of vital importance.”
Instead, the Virgin Queen was portrayed as “an able politician and courageous sovereign” while King Philip II of Spain was shown as a “ferocious, fanatical Catholic, swinging his rosary like a weapon and roaming the Escorial Palace like a madman, full of impotent fury, dreaming of subjugating the world to the Catholic faith”.
The defeat of Spain’s “invincible armada” in 1588 was caused by a storm but was presented in the film as a “shining victory for free thought against the forces of darkness in the form of the Inquisition”, Professor Cardini said.
Professor Cardini should remember that history is written by those who have hanged heroes, I'd never worry too much about what historians in England have to say. I'm sure they are still a little bitter after the Papal Bull of 1570 declared their frigid monarch a servant of crime and a heretic.
I wonder does the film look at what Lizzie the first did in Ireland? We had the Battle of Clontibert in 1595 and the Battle of Yellow Ford in 1598. We had that mad bastard Baron Mountjoy as Lord Deputy in 1600.We had the famous Battle of Kinsale in 1601, any mention?
Let's not forget that the Nine Years War in Ireland came very close to bankrupting the English exchequer, it cost them over £2 million.
Does this "Golden Age" tell the viewer that 60,000 people had died in the Ulster famine of 1602–3 alone as a result of English imperialist expansion?
It's a pity we don't have any modern versions of "Regnans In Excelsis", no one would follow them but they would be amusing to say the least.
What does interest me about this review however is the subtle hint of anti-Muslim sentiment from Cardini. He speaks about the need to form a Christian collective and stand up to Islam, I disagree.
What the Church should be doing is standing up to the West and their ever expanding brand of Militant Capitalism, a philosophy that is fanning the flames of hatred in the Muslim world.
On a personal level I am a Catholic first, I wish to stand with other Christians as much as I wish to stand with Jews or Muslims. I don't see this conflict as a fight between religions, I will never view it as such.