This is a comment from the Vatican's editorial:
"In Pullman's world, hope simply does not exist, because there is no salvation but only personal, individualistic capacity to control the situation and dominate events..."The Vatican's condemnation of the film is the icing on the cake. Their critique is so off-base that they make the very point Pullman makes. Christianity is spiraling downward into self-parody.
I saw the film a couple of weeks ago. First of all, it was mild. You had to search for any references to religion. It is not a complex philosophical or theological cinematic event. For what philosophy there was, I thought it was quite hopeful. It was about freedom of thought and being courageous. It is about standing up to bullies.
This film is critical, certainly. It is critical of those who confuse truth with power.
If the Vatican has trouble with this little film, then the film exposes the Vatican for what it is.