Catholic Church leaders have given Julia Roberts’ new movie "Eat Pray Love" the thumbs down for ignoring the faith.
Catholic News Service officials in Washington, D.C. have suggested faithful film fans should give the adaptation of Elizabeth Gilbert’s bestselling travel memoir a miss – because Roberts, as Gilbert, fails to seek spiritual guidance in Rome, Italy, during the ‘Eat’ section of the movie.
A review of the film written by CNS’ John Muldering reads, “Though she (Roberts’ character) seemingly hits every restaurant in town, she gives the churches a pass, the implication being that she knows better than to look to Catholicism for insight.”
The news service has given the movie an ‘L’ classification, suggesting the film may trouble some devout Catholics with “content many adults would find troubling”.
To make matters worse for Catholics, Roberts, who grew up a Catholic, has recently become a Hindu after spending time in an ashram while filming the ‘Pray’ section of the new film in India.
The actress recently told Elle magazine, “I’m definitely a practising Hindu.”