'Mortal sin' penalty
"%1IE feel it is our solemn duty to VT forbid our Catholic people, under penalty of mortal sin, to attend this presentation," says Archbishop Ritter of St. Louis in a pastoral letter commenting on the new film "1 he French Line" starring Miss Jane Russell.
"No Catholic can with a clear conscience attend such an immoral film," says the Archbishop. "At the same time, we now urge upon you the grave obligation to refrain from attending any presentation whatsoever at the Fox Theatre (where the film is being shown] or at any theatre in the archdiocese of St. Louis which would presume to show this particular picture in the future."
Miss Russell herself has protested against the showing of the film, which has been shown without the permission of the unofficial U.S. censorship board.