Archbishop: ‘Fifty Shades’ is ‘direct assault’ on marriage

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With the hotly anticipated release of the "Fifty Shades of Grey" film on Friday, there has been plenty of discussion about whether the movie will measure up to the very successful novels. The sex scenes are said to be beyond steamy. (Universal Pictures)

CINCINNATI (AP) – The Roman Catholic archbishop of Cincinnati is criticizing the ‘‘Fifty Shades of Grey” movie as ‘‘a direct assault on Christian marriage.”

The new movie is based on the best-selling erotic novel that includes bondage, dominance and sadomasochism. Archbishop Dennis Schnurr says in a message to priests and on the archdiocese’s Facebook page that the movie is in ‘‘direct contrast to the Christian message” about marriage and sexual intimacy.

His statement urges informing people about ‘‘the destructive message” of the movie and highlighting ‘‘the beauty of God’s design for loving relationships between a husband and wife in the bond of marriage.”

The Cincinnati Archdiocese comprises 19 counties.

In an Associated Press interview, author E.L. James describes ‘‘Fifty Shades” as ‘‘a love story” with ‘‘a little bit of kinky sex.”