Cardinal's plea: Don't read 'Da Vinci Code'

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    VATICAN CITY - The cardinal leading the Vatican’s charge against The Da
    Vinci Code urged Catholics on Wednesday to shun it like rotten food and
    branded the bestseller “a sack full of lies” insulting the Christian faith.
    The Story Here....
     
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    Somebody needs to tell him what the word "fiction" means.

    This is like the time when Star Wars first hit the theaters, the church that my mother took us to had us all go to a class to learn that the force wasn't real. (I am not kidding).
     
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    Yet people STILL try to pass Jedi as a real religion
    in the Army...
     
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    I just read this article not 10 minutes ago lol.

    It amazes me....if its so moronically obvious (meaning the fictitious content of the book) then why do they even worry.

    I read The Code. Not a terribly easy read - not a terribly interesting read either, IMHO. What I got out of it is simply someone who is Smarter Than Me (and that is NOT DK :poke: ). Smarter than me meaning they wrote something that has really sold well AND has the entire country, neigh, the entire world seemingly up in arms over it.

    That's something to think about. You just know that the author is sitting like John Astor somewhere giggling his ass off. Well deservedly, too.
     
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    This work claims to be "historical fiction." The assumption is that at least some of the historical portrayals are accurate. It is very misleading to those who are unfamiliar with Christianity and Catholicism, and, in the way it skews the life of the Holy Lord, very offensive to all Christians.

    http://www.pfm.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=BreakPoint1&template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=12427

    http://www.pfm.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=BreakPoint1&template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=12548

    http://www.pfm.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=BreakPoint1&template=/CM/HTMLDisplay.cfm&ContentID=11415

    Whether or not it's accurate, fiction has a great influence on culture. This work has a decidedly anti-Christian influence.
     
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    Fiction is a dangerous thing when ignorant people are exposed to it. But that is not the responsibility of the author. Witness the national panic started by Orson Wells' radio broadcast of a fictional Martian invasion. People armed themselves and were out manning barricades. This despite the fact that frequent disclaimers were run throughout the program that this was a fictional tale.

    The author should thank the good Cardinal for the publicity. No doubt there will be a surge in sales of the book since the Catholic church has now denounced it.

    One thing that I found particularly inappropriate was the Cardinal's whining about bigotry against Catholics.
    Admittedly there is some anti Catholic bias. But I believe that most of the increase in bias over the last six to seven years is directed not at Catholics themselves but at the Church as an institution. That bias can be directly attributed to the Church's continued treatment of women as second class citizens and mostly to its extensive coverup of the reprehensible activities of its pedophile priests.

    Perhaps if Bertone directed more of the energy he wastes whining about a work of fiction toward cleaning up the conduct of church officials, there might be a decrease in anti-Catholic bias.

    Personally, this brings to mind Salman Rushdi and the book "Satanic Verses". Muslim idiots put a price on his head for this "blasphemy". Is the Catholic church now into condemning authors for works which the church finds offensive? Seems to me that the church has enough problems already without emulating the conduct of rabid muslim clerics.
     
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    I wonder who will eventually win the "most persecuted" award this year? :bang3:
     
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    And THAT book wasn't all that great, if I recall corrrectly. I bought that book specifically because of the controversy and death threats surrounding Rushdi. I think I was about 17, and very disappointed with the book - to say the least.
     
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    The Da Vinci Code is fictional "Hog Wash"!........................................................................................and I'm not even Catholic. :D

    Now as far as saying, "don't read it"(that's the way cults keep their followers in check), I think that's absurd. Let your parishioners think for themselves. Christian's have a higher authority.....biblically, and it's not the Pope......biblically. It's the Lord. Scripture clearly is the last authority for a Christian......."Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word(scripture) of God".

    If a person checks it out, and concludes that it's worthless, then they will never have lingering doubts. Just telling people to not read it, causes lingering doubts, unless of course the Pope is speaking with the authority of God............Last time I looked, he was just a man......catches colds, Flu........etc.........
     
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    probably truth.
     

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