Disney corrupts kids, top British Catholic says

Products encourage greed
A leading Roman Catholic cleric in England has accused the Walt Disney Company of corrupting children, encouraging greed and turning its make-believe world into a latter-day pilgrimage site.

Christopher Jamison, the abbot of Worth Abbey in southern England, charges Disney with “exploiting spirituality” and helping to generate a culture of materialism while pretending to provide movies, books and theme parks with a moral message.

Jamison is not only the star of a BBC television series, The Monastery, but also a candidate to succeed Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor as leader of the Catholic population of England and Wales.

In his new book, Finding Happiness, Jamison cites Disney films such as Sleeping Beauty and 101 Dalmatians as examples of how the corporation entices children to buy its products if they want to see themselves as part of “a good and happy family.”


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