Pope Benedict XVI, current head of the Catholic Church,
announced in his speech during World Communication Day on Wednesday that he has
taken a strong opposition against violent video games and animated films. The Pope
had harsh words for all who develop products that supposedly laud violence and
anti-social behavior, especially on any form of media that are seen as child’s
“Any trend to produce programs and products - including
animated films and video games - which in the name of entertainment exalt
violence and portray anti-social behavior or the trivialization of human
sexuality is a perversion,” Pope Benedict XVI said
in his speech. He continued that it is “all the more repulsive” when
programs were directed at children and adolescents.
“How could one explain this ‘entertainment’
to the countless innocent young people who actually suffer violence,
exploitation and abuse?” he questioned.
The Pope delivered his speech with the idea that children
should be exposed and educated with media that incorporates family values, true
goals and achievements of humanity, true value of marriage and life and the
value of human dignity.
The papal address follows hotly on the heels of the European
Union’s investigation into violent video games. The German government is currently
studying European regulations in an effort to harmonize a violent video game
ban policy across the entire Union.
While the flurry of activity over video game violence has
taken place across the pond, the topic is an equally contested one stateside. Investigations into
violent video games spur individual states to implement their own regulations,
which eventually are overturned in the courts for being unconstitutional.
The incidence of video
game-related crime leads not only authorities, but also researchers to look
into a cause and effect relationship. Violent video games have been found in
studies to increase
feelings of paranoia and to have a measurable effect on