[quote=awalt]What would they sue for? You don’t just sue for some injustice, you have to prove some damage - lost wages, injury, revenue, inability to get work, lost customers, etc.
Not sure there is any precedent for what the Church would sue for.
In a way, the Church “loses customers” when Catholics believe the anti-Catholic statements that they hear.
[quote=Axion]I do believe something has to be done when really libelous things are published.
I believe there is a concerted campaign to build hatred against the Catholic Church by a campaign of vilification of Catholic history.
Where books like the Da Vinci code say Catholics slaughtered scientists and “millions” of witches, fellow Christians and others. Or lie about facts concerning the Templars and others, they need to be officially challenged, through courts and other means. Otherwise this sort of anti-history becomes accepted as “fact”, and the Church becomes considered as an evil organisation.
Imagine what would happen if someone in a book or TV programme made similar claims about the Jews, that they killed Christian babies in the middle ages, or something? Do you think the publisher would stay out of court for long?
exactly my point… Judaism has the Anti-Defamation League, why doesn’t the Church have a similar group?