My mother, who is a returned Catholic (she joined a Lutheran church as an adult and baptized my sister and I in that church), loves The Da Vinci Code. She almost squirms with delight with the concept that Jesus and Mary Magadalene were possibly married and the "Grail" is their progeny. I almost think that it's her small way of being a "bad girl". One day I'll have to write about Mommie Dearest and her poser-like desire to be a rebel.
But I was inspired to write about The Da Vinci Code this morning because of the below article. Honestly, I don't know why the Church keeps going on about it considering it took 'em 500 years to admit that, uh yeah, Galileo may have been on to something and probably shouldn't have been forced to recant and been condemned to lifelong imprisonment. And yet, they're on this Da Vinci business like white on rice. Opus Dei has the frickin cover art on their homepage with a link to their "response".
Dan Brown oughta share his royalty checks with the Catholic Church.
The cardinal in the article is crying "anti-Catholic prejudice"! Uh, it's a novel that exploits ideas that have been floating around for years and years. I'm so laughing at the "we're the victim" thing. A threat to the church? It must be that whole infalliability thing, which was probably a bad idea from the start but waaaay too tempting a concept not to try to use. Oh, I'd better stop right there.
Anyway, on with the show...
Cardinal Warns Against 'Da Vinci Code'
VATICAN CITY (AP) - If you're not among the millions who have already read "The Da Vinci Code," an Italian cardinal has a plea for you: Don't read it and don't buy it.
Genoa Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who previously was a high-ranking official of the Vatican's office on doctrinal orthodoxy, told Vatican Radio on Tuesday that the runaway success of the Dan Brown novel is proof of "anti-Catholic" prejudice.
Allegations in the novel that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and has descendants have outraged many Christians and have been dismissed by historians and theologians.
"The distribution strategy has been absolutely exceptional marketing, even at Catholic bookstores - and I've already complained about the Catholic bookshops which, for profit motives, have stacks of this book," said Bertone, who has been mentioned as a possible successor to Pope John Paul II.
"And then there's that strategy of persuasion - that one isn't an adult Christian if you don't read this book. Thus my appeal is: Don't read and don't buy" the book.
Asked about commentary that the book's success is "only further proof of the fact that anti-Catholicism is the last acceptable prejudice," the cardinal exclaimed. "It's the truth."
"There's a great anti-Catholic prejudice," Bertone said. "I ask myself if a similar book was written, full of lies about Buddha, Mohammed, or, even, for example, if a novel came out which manipulated all the history of the Holocaust or of the Shoah, what would have happened?"
In response, book publisher Doubleday said: "The ideas put forth in 'The Da Vinci Code' have been circulating for centuries; this novel explores them in an accessible work of fiction. Doubleday certainly respects Cardinal Bertone, the Vatican and their desire to clarify any factual errors they feel may have been made in 'The Da Vinci Code'."
"The Da Vinci Code" was published two years ago this month and is available in 44 languages. Booksellers expect the novel to remain a best seller well into this year.