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Catholics attack Dan Brown film Angels and Demons - Telegraph
Catholic leaders have attacked the film sequel to The Da Vinci Code for its "gratuitously outlandish" portrayal of the Church.

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."

by Fran on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 01:53:37 PM EST
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Thank the Lord, Mr. Ratzinger is already doing a fine job stirring up anti-Catholic sentiment. May he reign for decades! By then there will be more Methodists in Italy than Catholics.
by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 05:06:14 PM EST
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In the meantime, he's doing his best to upset the Israelis by insisting that important issues be resolved before his visit. If you thought I'm talking about Gaza or similar things, you don't understand the Vatican. I mean really important issues
Peres is pressing the government to agree to the Vatican's request that Israel surrender control of six religious sites, among them the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth; the Coenaculum on Mount Zion in Jerusalem, where Jesus is said to have held The Last Supper; the Gethsemane, which sits at the foot of the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem; Mount Tabor; and the Church of the Multiplication, which hugs the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 05:14:45 PM EST
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There were actually about one hundred sites the Catholic Church wanted. Also, the Church wants special tax exemptions, a favourite of theirs wherever they go, a defining characteristic of their earthly mission. It seems that there will be a conference on the matter at this point to save face. The present Israeli government has been far from sympathetic with Vatican requests despite the overtures of Shimon Peres.

The Israeli government as well as local parishs will pay the visit. I wonder if the victims of the earthquake in Onna had to pay for his visit.

by de Gondi (publiobestia aaaatttthotmaildaughtusual) on Tue May 5th, 2009 at 05:27:28 PM EST
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Bishop McMahon:
"This is so outlandish, it's total rubbish,"

One book of outrageously badly written fiction against another.


by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Wed May 6th, 2009 at 09:45:59 AM EST
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