The Da Vinci Code movie will be released on May 19. This movie, directed by Ron Howard, has brewed up a storm of controversy long before it even hit the theatres, due mostly to the book upon which it is based. So what’s all the fuss?
Some believe that the Catholic church has been covering up the true life of Jesus all these years. That Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene and that they had a daughter, a blood line that lives on today. Scholars talk about how unlikely it would have been for a 33-year-old man like Jesus to have not married, and that it simply makes sense that he had a wife. According to some, Dan Brown, the book’s author, is anti-Christian; he spreads slander and historical errors about Jesus and the Gospels. And this is only a brief synopsis of the controversy.
I don’t know the truth, and I won’t form my own opinion until I see the movie. But what upsets me most about this whole controversy is to hear people calling for a boycott of the movie, especially fellow Catholics, even Catholic officials. Isn’t this an issue that we should decide for ourselves? Shouldn’t we all be expected to form our own opinions, no matter if you’re Christian?
According to an article from Catholic News Service, Archbishop Angelo Amato, secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, gave a speech at a Rome conference for church communications personnel sponsored by the Opus Dei-run University of the Holy Cross, on April 28, 2006. In his speech, Archbishop Amato said that Catholics should consider boycotting the film. I’ve also seen interviews of other Catholic priests calling for the boycott.
Why would we do that? Why would any Catholic boycott the film based solely on such a suggestion from a priest?
Carl Olson & Sandra Miesel authored a book called the Da Vinci Hoax to refute the facts claimed in the Da Vinci Code novel. They have also called for a boycott of the film, though they both say that they will indeed see the film for work purposes. Yeah, okay.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has even launched a new web site to refute the claims in the Da Vinci Code novel. What are they so worried about? That people will make up their own minds about this? Wouldn’t it be better if Catholics were to say, “yes, I agree with Vatican officials, the movie is trash…”? If we boycott it, all we can say is, “I don’t know, I didn’t see the movie because I’m not supposed to.”
This reminds me of those calls for boycotts of Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ. What a fantastic movie!
I’m not very comfortable having church officials from my own faith ramming their thoughts and beliefs into my brain. I’m a big boy now. Thanks, Vatican, for the advice, but no thanks. I’m very comfortable with my beliefs; I’ll see the movie and form my own opinion.
Whether you are Christian or not, Catholic or not, I encourage you to see this movie. Be informed, and whatever you do, make up your mind for yourself.