Is Shadow Hearts suitable for a Catholic?
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I recall playing the first title when it was released sometime back in the early 2000s. I remember something about the primary antagonist being either a Cardinal or an ex-Cardinal. I never got very far so I don't know what direction the story takes.

Someone told me they'd heard the game had some quite anti-christian themes, though they might have been recalling another similar title from the same period. If anyone can advise I would appreciate it.
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#2
Does there being an evil Cardinal scandalize you? Does it make you tempted toward sin?

If not, it's just fantasy and a form of entertainment. Imo, I don't see the problem in playing it. The real danger typically lies in prioritizing playing games over personal duties or prayer.
"The Heart of Jesus is closer to you when you suffer, than when you are full of joy." - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

"modern Catholics have tended to put too much faith in the pope and too little in the Church." - Bishop Williamson.

"And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell." - Mt. 10:28
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(05-09-2020, 12:30 PM)Augustinian Wrote: Does there being an evil Cardinal scandalize you? Does it make you tempted toward sin?

If not, it's just fantasy and a form of entertainment. Imo, I don't see the problem in playing it. The real danger typically lies in prioritizing playing games over personal duties or prayer.




That's not the issue. The majority of JRPGS promote anti-religious themes. Why would anyone want to subject themselves to that? I would simply rather avoid wasting time and money on a product that scandalises my faith. We have enough of that in the media as it is.



"Fantasy and entertainment" is a rather broad category that covers everything from Super Mario to harcore pornographic titles. I play videogames to be challenged and entertained. I don't find the constant villification of my faith amusing. Now that would be a bit silly.
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(05-09-2020, 07:26 PM)Honjo7 Wrote: The majority of JRPGS promote anti-religious themes.

I think you answered your own question right there.

Edit: I should add, I have not played the game. But, I still offered the advice I did because it speaks to a basic level of concern with the matter of your own faith: if a medium of entertainment contains things that scandalize you or belittle the faith, then, they are not worth your time and money. I don't need to have played Shadow Hearts to make such an assessment.
"The Heart of Jesus is closer to you when you suffer, than when you are full of joy." - St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

"modern Catholics have tended to put too much faith in the pope and too little in the Church." - Bishop Williamson.

"And fear ye not them that kill the body, and are not able to kill the soul; but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell." - Mt. 10:28
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(05-09-2020, 07:50 PM)Augustinian Wrote:
(05-09-2020, 07:26 PM)Honjo7 Wrote: The majority of JRPGS promote anti-religious themes.

I think you answered your own question right there.

Edit: I should add, I have not played the game. But, I still offered the advice I did because it speaks to a basic level of concern with the matter of your own faith: if a medium of entertainment contains things that scandalize you or belittle the faith, then, they are not worth your time and money. I don't need to have played Shadow Hearts to make such an assessment.
Fair enough.

But there are titles out there that don't belittle or demean the faith, and I would rather not dismiss them out of hand. Rather than waste time and money, I thought it best to ask those who have played it and can offer a first hand opinion. You can imagine the response I would get if I made the same enquiry on a mainstream videogame forum.

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(05-09-2020, 08:02 PM)Honjo7 Wrote:
(05-09-2020, 07:50 PM)Augustinian Wrote:
(05-09-2020, 07:26 PM)Honjo7 Wrote: The majority of JRPGS promote anti-religious themes.

I think you answered your own question right there.

Edit: I should add, I have not played the game. But, I still offered the advice I did because it speaks to a basic level of concern with the matter of your own faith: if a medium of entertainment contains things that scandalize you or belittle the faith, then, they are not worth your time and money. I don't need to have played Shadow Hearts to make such an assessment.
Fair enough.

But there are titles out there that don't belittle or demean the faith, and I would rather not dismiss them out of hand. Rather than waste time and money, I thought it best to ask those who have played it and can offer a first hand opinion. You can imagine the response I would get if I made the same enquiry on a mainstream videogame forum site.

Regards,
What's the reason to play such a old game? Do catholics have an out-of-bounds game list or what? It's prob up to you play it or not
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