Catholics attack Dan Brown film Angels and Demons


The storyline for Angels & Demons, which stars Tom Hanks and Ewan McGregor, centres on a plot by the Illuminati, a secrety society of intellectuals, who are intent on gaining revenge for a brutal massacre of their predecessors by the Church centuries ago. Although the society once existed, there is no historical evidence that its members were butchered by Catholics.
The Rt Rev Malcolm McMahon, the Bishop of Nottingham, warned that the film could stir up anti-Catholic sentiment.“This is so outlandish, it’s total rubbish,” said Bishop McMahon, who is one of the Church’s most senior bishops. "It’s mischievous to stir up this kind of anti-Catholic sentiment. It’s a gratuitous knocking of the Church and I can’t see any reason for it."Ron Howard, the director of Angels & Demons - expected to become the first blockbuster film of the summer when it is released this month - has fired back that Catholics will enjoy the movie, which is based on a previous novel by The Da Vinci Code’s author, Dan Brown.
His comments will intensify a feud between some prominent Catholic leaders and the Da Vinci Code team over claims that the film smears the Church.
The bishop, who chairs the Church’s Department of Evangelisation and Catechesis, said that Catholics were “getting tired” of the sensational stories and plotlines contained in Brown’s novels and subsequent film adaptations. “I don’t think that Catholics will be interested in seeing this as it’s so far removed from the truth,” he added.
Brown’s book includes a number of other episodes guaranteed to upset the faithful - including a Pope conceiving a child via artificial insemination, thereby circumventing celibacy rules. Sony Pictures has declined to say whether those incidents make it to the movie.
Bill Donahue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights in the US, accused Howard and Brown of “smearing the Catholic church with fabulously bogus tales”.
The frenetically outlandish plot of Angels & Demons centres on a race against time by Harvard professor Robert Langdon (Hanks) to thwart a plot by the Illuminati to blow up the cradle of Catholicism with an anti-matter bomb during the conclave to elect a new pope.
But Mr Donahue is exasperated by the way that he says Brown and Howard blend fact, fiction and conspiracy theory.
“I have never dealt with two more disengenous people,” he told The Daily Telegraph. "They wouldn’t dare treat any other religion like this."
Howard responded in forthright fashion, "Let me be clear: neither I nor Angels & Demons are anti-Catholic. And let me be a little controversial: I believe Catholics, including most in the hierarchy of the Church, will enjoy the movie for what it is - an exciting mystery, set in the awe-inspiring beauty of Rome."
The Vatican, which was predictably offended by the Da Vinci Code plot that involved Jesus fathering a child with Mary Magdalene, did not allow Howard to film in its churches or property. “Normally we read the script,” a Vatican spokesman said. "But this time it was not necessary - the name Dan Brown was enough."
There has also been high-level discussion within the Holy See about whether to urge a boycott of the film, according to Italian media reports. It took that step with The Da Vinci Code, but the film enjoyed staggering box office takings of $758 million and some Vatican insiders fear their high-profile opposition backfired.
“Let’s be careful not to play their game… by giving them free publicity,” said Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, the Vatican economics minister, who still made clear his derision for the book as a “manipulation in anti-Christian key of people, events and history”.
But Sony Pictures is not backing away from the controversy and will stage the film’s world premier on the Vatican’s doorstep in Rome on May 4, 10 days before it opens in British cinemas.
“We do not believe the film is anti-Catholic, and we don’t believe the nearly 40 million people worldwide who purchased the novel were confused by the fact that this is a fictional mystery thriller,” said Steve Elzer, the studio’s senior vice-president.
Jack Valero, a spokesman for Opus Dei UK, which is portrayed as a secretive, all-powerful sect in the Da Vinci Code, criticised the new film’s central plot.
“It’s bizarre and a total fabrication,” he said. "I find it offensive, as will other Catholics, but I’m not going to bother spending too much time thinking about it."
But he found some agreement with Sony Pictures. “If anything, this will give us a chance to talk about the Catholic Church and the real things which happen within it,” he said.
The furore can be doing no harm to the prospects for Brown’s eagerly-awaited follow up The Da Vinci Code. His publishers announced this month that the first print run for the September launch of The Lost Symbol will be five million copies - arguably a modest initial total for a sequel to the bestselling hardcover adult novel of all time, with 81 million copies in print worldwide.

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I won’t watch any Anti-Catholic movie. I just don’t want to get angry - and I can get angry quite easily. :wink:

I’ll watch the movie only if to be prepared to refute some of the fabrications implied in the movie.

I enjoyed the book. i just hope the movie is better than “The Davinci Code”

I too enjoyed “Angels & Demons” better than the “Da Vinci Code”. It was a fast pleasant read.

I plan on seeing the movie as well. I went with some Wiccan friends to see “Da Vinci Code”…they wore t-shirts saying “Out of the broom closet” as we stood in line while the religious protesters “ranted”. Amazing the hostility the movie generated from those who follow the Prince of Peace.:slight_smile:

I’ve read the book and it’s complete fiction. I don’t see what all the fuss is about.

Just as did not watch the Da Vinci Code, I will not watch this movie or anything by Dan Brown, or for that matter, anything with Tom Hanks. They are just a group of anti-Catholic liars. :rolleyes:

I saw Da Vinci Code after reading the book. The movie was actually better than the book, but that’s not saying much. It didn’t impress me or make me want to read or see more of his stuff.

I’m not wasting either time or money on the book or movie.

And I’m not investing enough mental or psychic energy to say I’m boycotting it, either.

It just doesn’t mean anything to me.

I won’t see it.

Not because I am a Catholic, just because its a load of twaddle, thats what I find annoying. That some people go to see these films and read these books and actually believe the stuff that is in them.

I read the Da Vinci code and though "ok yeah, fine’’ but then the people believing it! Ugh, made be find the whole this just annoying.

I think the key to seeing this movie, or the DaVinci Code, or any other movie of this type is to keep in mind that it is fiction.

Keeping that in mind, it is just another form of entertainment. Just like watching a soap opera,The Maltese Falcon, or a James Bond movie.

At least the Maltese Falcon & Bond movies have action & story lines that you can follow. Like with the books I read and the movies I watch, I want something that keeps my interest, not HOG-SLOP like Dan Browns “ugh” t-a-l-e-s.

I will not waste my time or money.

I’m with Cluny on this one. Not going to spend time or money on seeing this movie, nor am I going to say I’m outright boycotting it–I just have better things to do with my money and time than seeing trash like this film.

I also won’t be spending any time in front of theatres, protesting Angels and Demons. Boycotts, protests, hollering and screaming–it’s ended up being counterproductive last time. What I do hope is that co-workers will come to me at work and try to strike up a conversation, knowing I’m a practicing Catholic–like they did when DaVinci Code came out. I’ve gotten in some really deep, Catholic discussions with people thanks to ol’ Dan Brown. People that had misconceptions, don’t have them any more, and have more respect for the Church. Maybe a whole new flock of my misinformed coworkers will choose to ask me questions. (and believe me, it will be an almost entirely new group of people, this time, given that the staff turnover on my unit is just ridiculous) Perhaps we should see this as an opportunity to shine, like the city on the hill.

Just trying to look on the bright side…:whistle:

Dan Brown is a lousy writer. I read the Da Vinci Code, but didn’t see the movie, because the book was so poorly written, and frankly boring. I just jumped to the controversial parts, like the picture of the Last Supper. I only read it because that book was all hyped up at the time. I wouldn’t bother reading any more of his trash.

I will neither protest it or give them any money. Protest will only draw attention to this hack writer’s garbage. Still, I wonder if Brown would have centered his plots around a fictional Jewish conspiracy what the results would have been.

and so the attack against Truth continues…and Opie is going right along with it…one wonders who molested this lousy child actor at Mayberry anyway…he has so much hatred in his heart…and of course its the other way around…its the Catholic Church that has always been attacked…I know we are not supposed to mention Communist Russia,China,Cuba ,Mexico back in the 20s.Spain…on and on…this onslaught is a compliment of course…no other institution seems to bother Opie and his hate group as much as the RCC…Opie has a Catholic-phobia I guess…sees a priest or nun every way he looks…poor thing…maybe it was aunt Bee and her lunches that turned him off to God and Family but on to Satan and the occult…

Nope, I will be boycotting the movie as I do all anti-Catholic movies.

I for one like the idea of a Church that actually moves swiftly and efficiently;)

I mean who doesn’t want Jesuit Ninja’s!? (Chick Tract)

but in all honesty I am of the opinion that by making a dramatic protest we just draw far more attention to the Film than it deserves.


I totally agree.

Who’s ‘Opie’?

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