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Archbishop: 50 Shades of Grey 'Abusive and Degrading'

(PHOTO: FOX19/ Ben Katko) (PHOTO: FOX19/ Ben Katko)

The 50 Shades of Grey movie that is set to hit theaters this week is getting plenty of press, though not all of it is positive.

Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has strong words for the film's contents, that he posted on the Archdiocese Facebook page. Using words like "abusive and degrading,” Archbishop Schnurr has powerful words about the anticipated release of the theatrical version of 50 Shades of Grey.

"People are kind of entitled to their own opinion. But I would encourage people to take it a step further and think about it more. Like, what it actually represents,” said one woman who wished to remain anonymous.

The movie is what the Archdiocese of Cincinnati has a problem with.

In a message posted to their Facebook page, Schnurr said:

From Archbishop Schnurr: The movie, Fifty Shades of Grey, is scheduled to debut in theaters across America on February 13, 2015. The story line is presented as a romance; however, the underlying theme is that bondage, dominance, and sadomasochism are normal and pleasurable. In the story line, a young Miss Steele is urged to sign a contract becoming a sex slave and agreeing to an abusive and degrading relationship. This movie is in direct contrast to the Christian message of God's design for self-giving and self-sacrificing love, marriage and sexual intimacy. The movie is a direct assault on Christian marriage and on the moral and spiritual strength of God's people. We need to inform our people about the destructive message of this movie and to highlight the beauty of God's design for loving relationships between a husband and wife in the bond of marriage.

"I do think that they're wrong in assuming that a BDSM relationship is wrong. You can be in a good Christian marriage and be into BDSM. I think that's perfectly okay,” said Madeline Rone, a UC student.

For Rone and her views, that's not enough for her to get a ticket for her own, personal reasons.

"They are marketing an abusive relationship in a consumable, romantic way,” said Rone.

It's not a message of 'boycott' of the movie from the Archdiocese. The letter, first sent to pastors about a week ago, is intended to be circulated by pastors to parishioners to inform them of what they call the 'destructive message' of the movie and highlight God's design for loving marriages of a husband and wife.

"It's just frightening to think that people are excited to see, really, like, a form of abuse,” said the woman who wished to remain anonymous.

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