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'The Last Temptation of Christ'

August 21, 1988

Bishop McFarland of the Catholic Church is misusing his position in urging Catholics to boycott "The Last Temptation of Christ." There are two reasons why he is wrong. First, his views are founded upon his say, since he admitted to the press that he has not even seen the film. Second, a man in his position of power has no business urging his followers to not expose themselves to others' depictions of past events, particularly since his judgments on the film are not even based upon his own viewing.

The most troubling thing is why doesn't Bishop McFarland simply express the fact that his views are different from the views expressed in the film? And at least not make others wrong and "illiterate" for expressing different views.

MICHAEL J. CHRISTIANSON

Newport Beach

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