The conservative religious group Opus Dei has asked for a disclaimer on the upcoming film based on the best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code", which contends that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had descendants, and that Opus Dei and the Catholic Church were at the center of a cover up.
Opus Dei, which has close ties to the Vatican, has described "The Da Vinci Code" as offering a deformed image of the Catholic Church. On Friday, the priest who preaches before the pope in Advent and Lent denounced what he called works that slander the church for profit.
"Christ is still sold, but not any more for 30 coins," the Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa said in his Good Friday homily before Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica, referring to Jesus' betrayal by the Apostle Judas before his crucifixion, "but to publishers and booksellers for billions of coins."
The Archbishop of Canterbury attacks society's obsession with books such as The Da Vinci Code which, he says, encourage people to believe that the Christian faith is a series of "conspiracies and cover ups".
It seems these people are lending more to the movie and book then if they simply kept quiet. And who are these people to judge others when they need to study the complete history of religion, including the Catholic Church, to fully understand abuse, violence and corruption. Before pointing a finger at authors it would behove these religious zealots to peer into the looking glass for a history perspective of the facts not innuendo.