Catholic website counters Da Vinci Code
Launched to coincide with the feast day of St Mary Magdelene, a new website by the Catholic Enquiry Office seeks to counter the misinformation of Dan Brown’s best-selling The Da Vinci Code.
Speaking to The Times, Monsignor Keith Barltrop, director of the CEO said,
There is huge interest in the book. It poses as the truth but it clearly is not. It is a damn good read but it is a long way from the truth.
In case you were wondering, the website contains a link to an article which explains “How can we know what is true and real?” (warning: Word download), which in turn explains how Monsignor Barltrop can make such statements with confidence. From the article:
Catholics believe that God is the source of all life and truth, the source of all that is created – therefore it logically follows that if you do not know him you can not know the truth about the world in which you live, the afterlife and ultimately yourself.
To be exact, it logically follows that Catholics believe that if you do not know him… etc. Small quibble.
The Da Vinci Code is due to be released as a movie next year, and will be filmed at Lincoln. Westminster Abbey refused permission to film on its premises claiming that the novel was “theologically unsound”. More tautology, vicar?