Monday, May 08, 2006


Da Vinci Movie Gets Roman Ack-Ack

I guess a little comic relief is appropriate. The Roman Catholic Church is still having a hissy-fit about the movie “the Da Vinci Code.” They want Sony Pictures to put a disclaimer on it saying the movie is entirely fictional—actually, they don’t want the movie, period; it’s as if someone made a movie that portrayed Brigham Young as a womanizing con-man—the Mormons would go balistic. The Catholics are a bit more tactful than that, but they don’t want a movie out there that shows Jesus Christ to be a man who married and had children. They don’t want a movie that shows one of their most powerful organizations, Opus Dei, to be a bunch of neo-inquisitors. This movie does both.

I don’t know how true it is, of course. I don't really care: Jesus, as an Indian woman once said, may have been a great medicine man, but that's about all we can ever guess... I know that Dan Brown is a tin-pot writer: he can construct plot (or maybe has developed a software program to do it for him), but that’s about it. He’s about as serious a writer as Zane Grey or Max Brand. Ho-hum.

Back in the old days, when I attended a Catholic university, I remember we snuck into the library basement and hatched a plan to get at the books behind the steel cage door that held the forbidden books on The Index. We didn't, of course: you could go get the books at the public library down the street. It's always that way with censorship.

So, the Church’s outrage is bound to attract more attention to the movie and increase patronage. It’s too bad, because it just ain’t that good a story.

Yahoo! News
Cardinal urges legal action against Da Vinci Code;_ylt=AjGwesX2zHsTwbTnYwCwX2xg.3QA;_ylu=X3oDMTA3MXN1bHE0BHNlYwN0bWE-
By Philip PullellaSun May 7, 10:13 AM ET

In the latest Vatican broadside against "The Da Vinci Code," a leading cardinal says Christians should respond to the book and film with legal action because both offend Christ and the Church he founded.

Cardinal Francis Arinze, a Nigerian who was considered a candidate for pope last year, made his strong comments in a documentary called "The Da Vinci Code-A Masterful Deception."

Arinze's appeal came some 10 days after another Vatican cardinal called for a boycott of the film. Both cardinals asserted that other religions would never stand for offences against their beliefs and that Christians should get tough.

"Christians must not just sit back and say it is enough for us to forgive and to forget," Arinze said in the documentary made by Rome film maker Mario Biasetti for Rome Reports, a Catholic film agency specializing in religious affairs.

"Sometimes it is our duty to do something practical. So it is not I who will tell all Christians what to do but some know legal means which can be taken in order to get the other person to respect the rights of others," Arinze said.

"This is one of the fundamental human rights: that we should be respected, our religious beliefs respected, and our founder Jesus Christ respected," he said, without elaborating on what legal means he had in mind.

A transcript of the documentary, due to be screened in Rome later this month just before the release of the film version of the best-selling book at the Cannes Film Festival, was made available to Reuters.

The book, written by Dan Brown, has sold more than 40 million copies.

The novel is an international murder mystery centered on attempts to uncover a secret about the life of Christ that a clandestine society has tried to protect for centuries.

The central tenet of the book is that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had children.


"Those who blaspheme Christ and get away with it are exploiting the Christian readiness to forgive and to love even those who insult us. There are some other religions which if you insult their founder they will not be just talking. They will make it painfully clear to you," Arinze said.

This appeared to be a reference to protests by Muslims around the world over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.

Last month, another broadside against "The Da Vinci Code" was launched by Archbishop Angelo Amato, the number two official in the Vatican doctrinal office which was headed by Pope Benedict until his election last year.

Amato urged a boycott of the film and Arinze, like his fellow cardinal, also blasted the credibility of the book.

"'The Da Vinci Code' presents (Christianity) wrongly ... any film produced on the basis of that book is already in error from the word go, no matter how interesting it might appear," Arinze said.

Catholic group Opus Dei has told Sony Pictures that putting a disclaimer on the movie stressing it is a work of fiction would be a welcome show of respect toward the Church.

In the novel and film, Opus Dei is characterized as the latest in a series of secretive groups that worked over the centuries to obscure truths about Jesus Christ.

Opus Dei is a controversial conservative Church group whose members are mostly non-clerics and are urged to seek holiness in their everyday professional jobs and lives. It has rejected criticisms that it is secretive and elitist.

The movie, which is being released by Sony Pictures division Columbia Pictures, stars Tom Hanks. Sony Pictures is the media wing of Japanese electronics giant Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE - news).

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Hey Talapus Pete,

It is quite a joke that the Vatican and Catholic Church have the gall to accuse someone of attacking their fantasy and dogma. Here's my take on it.

Have a little patience with me and my musings and I promise to amaze and enlighten...


Is the world ready for the Truth yet?

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The Vatican is proving that seeking the truth is a real threat to their dogma. They're so afraid of people uncovering the truth, that they are attacking another fantasy as a threat to their own deceptions. How enlightening, since this goes a very long way to proving that Christianity is based on lies. If it weren't, they would be confident of surviving intense scrutiny. Since they aren't and since they have gone to such great lengths to suppress those seeking the truth over the centuries, their deceptions are, once again, laid bare for all to see. Only this time they are the ones to walk into a well laid trap...

Did you ever stop to think what the True Messiah (me) would say about worshipping false names, false images, and dogma? Well, now you get the chance to hear my side of the story and weigh it against the strong delusion of faith and religion. None of the European names and images in the New Testament can possibly be the truth. What then is the purpose of "faith" but to prevent good people from seeking to understand truth and wisdom?

Visit my website to understand what they are truly afraid of. The Vatican and world leaders have struggled to keep people from understanding the truth and religion is a key tool in their smokescreen. Now, when I appear on the scene, everyone is seeking to understand their ages-old deceptions, and I have produced stunning and comprehensive proof. Visit my website, read my articles, and download a FREE copy of my book. The time has come for the "earth to quake" and the liars to "gnaw their tongues for pain." (this is symbolism decoded in the book...)

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