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Tom Hanks/ Prof. Robert Langdon Not Welcomed in Church

Tom Hanks is a persona non grata in all of the churches of the Vatican and Rome. The Vatican has banned the filming of Angels and Demons, Dan Brown's sequel to The Da Vinci Code because it is "an offense against God."

The head of the Vatican's Prefecture For Economic Affairs said:

[The stories] turned the Gospels upside down to poison the faith. It would be unacceptable to transform churches into film sets so that his blasphemous novels can be made into mendacious films in the name of business.

The Church did not even read the script, as the name Dan Brown was enough to merit a ban. In The Da Vinci Code, Brown suggests that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had children, and Angels and Demons paints a picture of corrupt leadership in the Catholic Church.

I'm still trying to decide whether viewers are sophisticated enough to distinguish between fiction and accepted theology. Still, while modern moviegoers may wish the Catholic Church lightened up for the sake of art and entertainment, it's hard to imagine the Church freely giving its stamp of approval. Would it not lend credibility to the theology created by Dan Brown? Do you approve of the Church's disapproval?

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Jinx Jinx 7 years
Actually, the ideas are not Dan Browns, the idea of a blood line of Christ came from "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" (1982), written by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln.
Jinx Jinx 7 years
Actually, the ideas are not Dan Browns, the idea of a blood line of Christ came from "Holy Blood, Holy Grail" (1982), written by Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
I would think more business than politics.
wraithofwonder wraithofwonder 7 years
"I am not catholic but respect that church wanting to protect itself with this ban."They're politicians who have the cross virtually tattooed to their forehead, but they're still politicians. Holy men would focus on greater things.
wraithofwonder wraithofwonder 7 years
"I am not catholic but respect that church wanting to protect itself with this ban." They're politicians who have the cross virtually tattooed to their forehead, but they're still politicians. Holy men would focus on greater things.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
I don't think so. I think they see it as blasphemy.
wraithofwonder wraithofwonder 7 years
"Still, while modern moviegoers may wish the Catholic Church lightened up for the sake of art and entertainment, it's hard to imagine the Church freely giving its stamp of approval. Would it not lend credibility to the theology created by Dan Brown?"Doesn't their reacting at all, do so?
wraithofwonder wraithofwonder 7 years
"Still, while modern moviegoers may wish the Catholic Church lightened up for the sake of art and entertainment, it's hard to imagine the Church freely giving its stamp of approval. Would it not lend credibility to the theology created by Dan Brown?" Doesn't their reacting at all, do so?
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
Why would they think they could film there. One word: Soundstage.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
RAC! Hello. :) :drinks:
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
RAC! Hello. :) :drinks:
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
I enjoyed Dan Brown's books as entertainment...nothing more. They were fun, it wasn't deep or the most difficult read I've ever had. BUT sometimes I like to read just for fun.I think women were drawn to it because of the Mary Magdalene story. There WAS a gospel of Mary and the church DID falsely accuse Mary of being a whore. The Roman Catholic church only admitted that was false in the 70's and did it very quietly. It is still being taught that she was a whore when really it looks like she was one of his disciples. The rest of the book was absolute fluff, but still a fun read.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 7 years
I enjoyed Dan Brown's books as entertainment...nothing more. They were fun, it wasn't deep or the most difficult read I've ever had. BUT sometimes I like to read just for fun. I think women were drawn to it because of the Mary Magdalene story. There WAS a gospel of Mary and the church DID falsely accuse Mary of being a whore. The Roman Catholic church only admitted that was false in the 70's and did it very quietly. It is still being taught that she was a whore when really it looks like she was one of his disciples. The rest of the book was absolute fluff, but still a fun read.
raciccarone raciccarone 7 years
I understand Dan Brown's next book "Hitler: Jesus' Last Scion" is much less controversial.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 7 years
Yester, dang, don't be a snob. Everyone has different tastes. I love Jude the Obscure and Catch 22, as well as a juicy Anne Rice or some other cheese book. Everyone is entitled to guilty pleasures and personal taste. If we were all the same, wouldn't that be a big snore? :zzz:
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
It's amazing to me how much the Catholic Church (the early church has ostracized women. Even though several miracles were revealed to the women first, they saw fit to send the women to the perverbial back of the bus. I shouldn't complaign, because the women who get kicked out of the Catholic Church come to the ELCA and are, for the most part, very good theologians and pastors.
Jinx Jinx 7 years
stephley, I was interested in that point too. I thought maybe it was because it is the Vatican, not "just a church"?Maybe it was just a difference in knowing who they were. Angels and Demons and DaVinci are much better known then Kevin Smith and his little movie, lol. ps I love Kevin Smith
Jinx Jinx 7 years
stephley, I was interested in that point too. I thought maybe it was because it is the Vatican, not "just a church"? Maybe it was just a difference in knowing who they were. Angels and Demons and DaVinci are much better known then Kevin Smith and his little movie, lol. ps I love Kevin Smith
stephley stephley 7 years
Off topic sort of - I was working in a bookstore part time when the Da Vinci Code came out and I was amazed at the large number of women who came in looking for the book because they were so thrilled at the notion that Jesus was more accepting of women than the Church suggests. A lot of women feel very left out.
stephley stephley 7 years
I just don't understand why Dogma was allowed to film in a Catholic church but this isn't. Probably the difference is Rome and Pittsburgh (i think)but it does seem inconsistent to me.
stephley stephley 7 years
I just don't understand why Dogma was allowed to film in a Catholic church but this isn't. Probably the difference is Rome and Pittsburgh (i think)but it does seem inconsistent to me.
Jinx Jinx 7 years
yesteryear, There's no need to be a snob about it. I myself, read a variety of literature, and I have never been in a Walgreens. So, excuse me if I found Angels and Demons and DaVinci Code fun to read, and enjoyed the flow of the books. :P
ginandsugar ginandsugar 7 years
I have seen other private organizations turn down filming access due to not agreeing with the message of a movie. It happens all the time. But people do love to get all fired up!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I loved the da vinci code, read it back in 2003, hated the movie though. I am not catholic but respect that church wanting to protect itsself with this ban.
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