May 10, 2006

Before We Get Too 'High And Mighty' Over The Muslim Reaction To The Danish Cartoons...

A Vatican attitude like this isn't likely to get me going to Mass again: Cardinal urges legal action against Da Vinci Code

In the latest Vatican broadside against "The Da Vinci Code", a leading cardinal says Christians should respond to the book and film with legal action because both offend Christ and the Church he founded.

Cardinal Francis Arinze, a Nigerian who was considered a candidate for pope last year, made his strong comments in a documentary called "The Da Vinci Code-A Masterful Deception." [emphasis added]
This guy coulda been Pope? Outstanding.

"Sometimes it is our duty to do something practical. So it is not I who will tell all Christians what to do but some know legal means which can be taken in order to get the other person to respect the rights of others," Arinze said.
Did anybody else read this and think "Nice store you got here. It'd be a shame if something, you know, happened to it?"
"This is one of the fundamental human rights: that we should be respected, our religious beliefs respected, and our founder Jesus Christ respected," he said, without elaborating on what legal means he had in mind.
My copy of the Declaration says "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness." Arinze must have an earlier draft that includes "...and not to have one's Religion Mocked."

C'mon now, Francis. Think this through. Are you prepared to go after Chris Ofili? Serrano? Celtic Frost? Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin? Martin Scorsese? Every fundamentalist Bible-thumper who preaches that Catholics are Satanists? Geez, that'd take a whole Vatican bureaucracy, wouldn't it?

But then again, they've had some practice with that.

Posted by Chris at May 10, 2006 07:34 AM

Category: Official Stupidity
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Of course, if you have read the book that the novel is based upon (and believe it), this response is quite a bit more tame than you would expect. I mean, if they can conspire to kill a Frankish king, or hold a minor crusade against a growing gnostic sect, mobilizing an army of believers to act against a movie. Of course, if they had that kind of power, you'd think that they would have done something before the movie was completed, or even before the books were even published.

Didn't the Pope say about the movie something to the effect of, "it's just a movie -- it's not worth getting upset over"? Maybe this Cardinal didn't get the memo.

Posted by: Jim of St. Grimblefig's Monastery at May 10, 2006 08:43 AM

This is why Arinze isn't the Pope.

I'm a Catholic, and I loved the book. It's fiction, and I thought that the "blasphemic themes" were interesting, and if anything, bolstered the notion that Christ was a human.

Leaders like Arinze give the church a bad name.

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Posted by: TimC at May 13, 2006 10:09 AM

pithy remarks? never!

still, a cardinal asking for believers to sue is a huge difference from fatwas demanding the destruction of entire nations.

and it is a huge sign of how the christian religion ha evolved, and how islam has not.

Posted by: mlah at May 15, 2006 02:42 AM