Why should you not go see Angels and Demons? It’s about Catholics and conspiracy, should be good, right? Wrong. I will admit that the book was kinda ok. It even led me on a walk through Rome when I was there. The walk highlights Bernini’s Rome (Route here) culminating with the Vatican.
Well, the Church was forewarned about the book and movie, so Ronnie Howard, Opie Taylor, is having a war of words with people who speak up for their faith. But, when you consider the source, who’s right to be offended?
Consider these lies from the DaVinci Code: Jesus is not God. He was only a man.
Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene.
Mary Magdalene is to be worshiped as a goddess.
Jesus got Mary Magdalene pregnant, and the two had a daughter.
That daughter gave rise to a prominent family line that is still present in Europe today.
The Bible was put together by a pagan Roman emperor.
Jesus was viewed as a man and not as God until the fourth century, when he was deified by the Emperor Constantine.
The Gospels have been edited to support the claims of later Christians.
In the original Gospels, Mary Magdalene rather than Peter was directed to establish the Church.
There is a secret society known as the Priory of Sion that still worships Mary Magdalene as a goddess, and this group is trying to keep the truth alive.
The Catholic Church is aware of all this and has been fighting for centuries to keep it suppressed and often has committed murder to do so.
The Catholic Church is willing to and often has assassinated the descendents of Christ to keep his bloodline from growing too large.
The story line behind Angels and Demons is a total misrepresentation of facts presented as if “everybody knows” these facts.
Bill Donohue of the Catholic League said that Dan Brown’s book claims that the Illuminati were factual and were “hunted ruthlessly by the Catholic Church.” Donohue quoted Tom Hanks’ character in the “Angels & Demons” trailer as saying, “The Catholic Church ordered a brutal massacre to silence them forever.”
Donohue also reported that Ron Howard in an interview said “The Illuminati were formed in the 1600s. They were artists and scientists like Galileo and Bernini, whose progressive ideas threatened the Vatican.”
“All of this is a lie,” Donohue remarked. “The Illuminati were founded in 1776 and were dissolved in 1787. It is obvious that Galileo and Bernini could not possibly have been members: Galileo died in 1647 and Bernini passed away in 1680. More important, the Catholic Church never hunted, much less killed, a single member of the Illuminati. But this hasn’t stopped Brown from asserting that ‘It is a historical fact that the Illuminati vowed vengeance against the Vatican in the 1600s.’”
He characterized as “delusional” a statement of Howard which claimed that Vatican officials will like his movie.
CNA (Catholic News Agency) spoke with Bill Donohue for further comment in a Tuesday phone interview.
He said Howard’s claim that the Catholic League’s objections were targeting a merely fictional work was “rather astonishing.”
“This is not one of these ‘he said, she said’ things, he’s simply wrong,” Donohue commented, accusing Howard of “making up out of whole cloth the idea that there was this Illuminati in the 17th century, which he has to put in the 1600s so he can drag out Galileo.”
He reiterated that the Illuminati was not formed until the 18th century.
Donohue also accused Brown and Howard of being two-faced in describing their work as fictional but then promoting it as fact-based.
“They can’t have it both ways.” Donohue said, noting that Dan Brown went on “The Today Show” about another of his books, “The Da Vinci Code,” and claimed it was fiction. Soon afterward, Brown claimed it was “based on fact.”
“They try to play both sides of the street,” Donohue told CNA. “Dan Brown is a master of this.”
“If Ron Howard wants to debate me on this, I’ll be glad to go on any television station. I have a feeling he won’t do it,” he added, saying a debate would be better than “to have somebody write something for him on the Huffington Post and then walk away from it.”
Donohue reported that Canadian priest Fr. Bernard O’Connor was on the “Angels & Demons” set in plain clothes and overheard “some of the most vicious anti-Catholic statements, made repeatedly.”
“The agenda is to smear the Catholic Church, which they did in The Da Vinci Code,” Donohue argued.
“What is happening here is that [Howard] is fueling some of the basest appetites and stereotypes,” he told CNA. “‘Amos and Andy’ was just a comedy, but CBS won’t air it on reruns because it’ll offend African-American communities.
“Nobody’s going to say ‘it’s okay.’ People would complain that would feed the worst stereotypes.”
“Every demographic group has their dirty laundry, and they also have the lies and the smears and the myths. People in Hollywood don’t make films based on the lies and smears and myths,” he said, adding that the Catholic League wanted Catholics to be likewise treated with “some degree of tolerance and respect.”
He told CNA the movie advanced “one of the most pernicious lies” against the Catholic Church, namely the claim that it is anti-reason and anti-science.
“The Catholic Church doesn’t have a problem with evolution, it’s more a problem with our Protestant brothers and sisters,” Donohue remarked.
CNA asked Donohue how he responds to the claim that his objections are just giving the movie free publicity.
Donohue argued that it is a false generalization to claim that all objections about bias generate profitable publicity, even though that may happen in some cases.
He pointed to the anti-Christian movie The Golden Compass, saying its sequels have not been made because of its box office failure. Donohue told CNA that Philip Pullman, author of the book on which the movie is based, has said the boycott worked in the United States.