Catholic Bishops Conference Supports R18+ Rating

While we have no idea where most Australian politicians stand on yesterday’s draft proposal for an R18+ video game classification, the new adult rating is getting some unexpected support from the Catholic Church. According to a GameSpot report, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said that they welcomed yesterday’s proposed guidelines for adult rating for video games. Unfortunately not all religious groups agree: the Australian Christian Lobby describe the changes as "frightening."

In a press statement, the Conference, which carries the influence of the Catholic Church in Australia, said that it would support the rating because it could not achieve its preference of having adult material banned. A tepid approval for sure, but the church admits that it is better to have such content under a proper ratings system that parents can use.

"In an ideal world, the sort of material that is included in R18+ or higher classification films and computer games would never be seen in a civilised democracy. However, it is not an ideal world and, in the real world in which we live, such material unfortunately is produced and is available, sometimes legally and often illegally, within our society," the press statement said. "The preferred position of the Catholic Church is that R18+ material should not be available. But if such an outcome is not achievable then the Australian National Classification Scheme should include an R18+ classification category for computer games."

The Australian Christian Lobby described the proposed guidelines as "contrary to the interests of parents and children."

The draft guidelines were released by the office of the Federal Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O’Connor yesterday. MP’s are expected to vote on the proposal – or at least discuss it or revise it – at the July SCAG meeting.

Source: GameSpot

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    Dejiko says:

    "In an ideal world, the sort of material that is included in R18+ or higher classification films and computer games would never be seen in a civilised democracy"

    I don’t think democracy is what you’re thinking of here…

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    Adamas Draconis says:

    Only because they know it’d be a losing fight. Give them the chance and they’ll try to make it a "Backdoor" ban somehow.


    Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

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    Mr.Tastix says:

    Whilst I will give them credit for having a little more sence than most religious fanatics, they still try to cover up one "bad" thing with a "good" thing.

    Whilst they support an R18 rating (the "good" thing), they’d still rather ban everything they oppose outright (the "bad" thing). I’m not so sure if I’d want the support of a fanatic one minute, only to face their scourn at choices that don’t necessarily affect them the next.

    Simply put: They’re a rather unpredictable "ally". Not someone I’d put reliance on, personally. So whilst their "support" may be nice, it may not last long, either.

    — Randi Tastix

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    Adamas Draconis says:

    I notice that they admited they would rather ban what they don’t like instead of letting people make their own choices.

    Hunting the shadows of the troubled dreams.

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