The Vatican newspaper and radio station have called the film "Avatar" simplistic, and criticized it for promoting the worship of nature as a substitute for religion.
Vatican Radio stated that even if the movie is in 3D and a breakthrough in filming, it is just as wrong to place people's minds 'where they should never be.'
The film "gets bogged down by a sort of spiritualism linked to the worship of nature."
Similarly, Vatican Publications such as L'Osservatore Politico said the movie "cleverly winks at all those pseudo-doctrines that turn ecology into the religion of the new millennium."
"It is the worship of the Mother Earth or rather Earth Mother....something like that. I'm starting to sound like a black comedian, here."
"Why should people be out seeking special places to worship when there are countless churches with statues of most saints everywhere?"
"Maybe instead of worshiping a tree, if they could carve the tree to look like Saint Nick or some other saint, it would help."
"Of course, who am I to talk", stated the spokesman. "My Christmas tree hasn't even been taken down."
The article went on to say that this is a part of a plan, like The Davinci Code book and movie.
"People should be helping the Roman Church, not spending their money on what we believe to be propaganda."
"And what is it doing to our boys...children?"