Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

First Committee Member

Joseph A. Valenzano, III.

Number of Pages



The Roman Catholic Church has engaged in moral criticism throughout history and continues to do so today through movie reviews published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The history of the Roman Catholic Church's censorship of moral content includes controlling the amount and type of media available. This rhetorical analysis of both the USCCB and New York Times movie reviews for the top ten grossing movies of 2006 discusses rhetoric as an expression of meaning that emerges through a texts' historical and cultural situation. Both sets of reviews are found on the Internet and this analysis argues that they contribute to the Roman Catholic Church's ongoing attempts to influence morality in the absence of moral criticism in popular culture media.


Advocacy; Bishops; Catholic; Century; Church; Conference; First; Public; Roman; Twenty; United States

Controlled Subject

Religion; Religious education

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3.15 MB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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