A couple weeks ago I had stopped over at my folk’s house, and my Mom (a lapsed Catholic) told me of this book she wanted to show me. She comes back with a library copy of The Da Vinci Code and tells me how it supposedly teaches the “true” facts about Jesus.” I said, “Ma, it’s a novel, which means it’s a work of FICTION. She says yes it is, but it’s been well researched. I had briefly read the Catholic Answers tract on this novel, so I had some answers. I explained that the research was BOGUS and told her that one of the organizations in the book (the Priory of Sion or something like that) was started by a couple of KIDS in France in the ‘50s. She then says, “Well, yes, but what about the Knights Templars? They were very powerful. What about Opus Dei…” etc. I told her again the research was bogus. However, I thought I might need more ammo, so while ordering some books from Catholic Answers I decided to order The Da Vinci Hoax.
Last night I had my folks over for pizza. As they were leaving, I decided to go on the offensive (but in a gentle way, of course). I presented my Mom with The Da Vinci Hoax and explained that this book debunked the claims made by Dan Brown in his book. She said she’d love to read it, but couldn’t at this time as she had a large stack of library books she wanted to read and besides, “it was ONLY a novel” (a statement I found rather ironic since that was what I was trying to tell her in the first place!). She said she would like to read it some time in the future.
It seems to me from this whole episode that she had some ulterior motive. It seems to me she was trying to attack the Church for some reason, but when I stood my ground and offered evidence to the contrary she backed off. Any thoughts or comments?