Opus Dei call for adult rating on The Da Vinci Code

The BBC reports that the Catholic group Opus Dei has called for the film version of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code to be given an “adult” rating.

Marc Carroggio, Opus Dei’s media spokesman, in an interview with Zenit:

Any adult with a minimum of education can distinguish reality from fiction

said the middle-aged believer in the virgin birth and sundry other miracles.

But when history is manipulated, you cannot expect a child to make proper judgments.

A fact the Jesuits know well, and exploit to the full.

He also hinted darkly about the possibility of legal action against Sony-Columbia – not by Opus Dei itself, but by the institutions dependent on charitable funds run by Opus Dei members:

…there are members of Opus Dei in 60 countries. Some of them, with others, run centers that train farmers and young people who can’t find work. They also run hospitals in underprivileged areas. All these activities depend financially on the help of many donors. Obviously the novel and movie could make their fund raising more difficult. For this reason, it would not surprise me if some of these organizations thought about seeking damages.

Could be interesting.
(Thanks to Andrew)

6 Responses to “Opus Dei call for adult rating on The Da Vinci Code

  1. Steve says:

    Hmmm, now this throws up a number of comments:

    1) If adults can distinguish reality from fiction why are there still so many people believing in Gods, unicorns and talking snakes?

    2) If a child cannot make proper judgements should they be protected from adults trying to fill their heads with what ever their countries or immediate families religious believes are? They have no reasoning faculties to process the data and realise that it may be absolute rubbish. From a survival point of view children have to believe what adults tell them otherwise they have a strong possibility of dying.

    Opus Dei have made a strong case for the banning of Sunday Schools, daily school religious assemblies and anyone under a certain age going to Church.

    Also, the Da Vinci code portrays Opus Dei as a shadowy organisation, bent on ruling the world from behind the scenes.

    So when the film comes out, what do they do – try and have it censored.

  2. Andy Gilmour says:

    Just remember – Ruth Kelly’s a member. Doesn’t say much for their competence at attempted world domination, now does it? 🙂

  3. marc says:

    Doesn’t it (2)? She’s still got a job even though she essentially allowed a number of kiddie fiddlers and sexual deviants to work amongst the people they wanted to play with.

    Speaks volumes about the judgement and affiliations of Tony Blair and his cronies! This from a PM, a woman and it seems an entire department who don’t know that the only difference between “aptitude” and “ability” is *the spelling*!

    [and I only went to a comp!]


  4. Paul Villeneuve says:

    Just like kids in primary school..my dad is stronger than your dad,kind of attitude…
    These supposedly learned religious leaders are playing that game..!!
    Should there be gods,,or any god-like creatures at all,,it would not be necessary to
    fight their battles for them or try to convince others of their existence.

  5. […] After failing to get an “Adults Only” rating and failing to get the film changed, the secretive Catholic group Opus Dei, are now trying to get a disclaimer at the start of the film emphasising that it is a work of fantasy. In a statement, the group said: Some media have written that Sony is examining the possibility of putting at the beginning of the film an announcement to clarify that it is a work of fantasy and that any similarity with reality is purely coincidental. […]

  6. helen says:

    i am a child and i can ‘distinguish fiction from reality’ better than some adults. I have read
    the book so putting an age rating on the movie isnt really gonna do anything for me is it?