Opie gets upset at the Vatican

the Huffington post has placed this in her news blog,

ROME — Director Ron Howard claimed Sunday that the Vatican interfered with efforts to get permits to shoot certain scenes of his "Angels & Demons" religious thriller in Rome _ a charge the Vatican said was purely a publicity stunt.

The film, which stars Tom Hanks and is based on the best-selling novel by Dan Brown, has its world premiere Monday in Rome.

"Angels & Demons" combines an ancient secret brotherhood called the Illuminati, a papal conclave and a high-tech weapon threatening to destroy the Vatican.

At a press conference Sunday, Howard said he hadn't sought cooperation from the Vatican based on the opposition he encountered filming "The Da Vinci Code," another Brown novel that angered many Catholic leaders.

But he said the Vatican nevertheless exerted influence regarding his filming permits, and he was told it would not be possible even to shoot scenes in Rome that had churches in the background.

Now there are many in the world filled with the secularist ideas fostered during successive revolutions that the Vatican is like any other country. They say and I have heard, "The Catholic Church is a remnant of the past, They should allow the Church whole to vote for the Pope" and "These old men are just keeping women down..." This is evidenced by the way the then Cardinal Ratzinger's homily on the death of the late John Paul the great was Portrayed as his "stump speech". The Vatican may be the last true monarchy in all of the world where the monarch actually rules. This is probably the reason why the attacks are so insidious against the Faith, by those from without (and by some within.) Note to Opie, you may run the camera, but you don't run anything in the Vatican.

Opie also posted to the Huffington post, saying in part...

...Let me be clear: neither I nor Angels & Demons are anti-Catholic. And let me be a little controversial: I believe Catholics, including most in the hierarchy of the Church, will enjoy the movie for what it is: an exciting mystery, set in the awe-inspiring beauty of Rome. After all, in Angels & Demons, Professor Robert Langdon teams up with the Catholic Church to thwart a vicious attack against the Vatican. What, exactly, is anti-Catholic about that?

Mr. Donohue's booklet accuses us of lying when our movie trailer says the Catholic Church ordered a brutal massacre to silence the Illuminati centuries ago. It would be a lie if we had ever suggested our movie is anything other than a work of fiction (if it were a documentary, our talk of massacres would have referenced the Inquisition or the Crusades). And if fictional movies could never take liberties with reality, then there would have been no Ben-Hur, no Barabbas, The Robe, Gone With The Wind, or Titanic. Not to mention Splash!

I guess Mr. Donohue and I do have one thing in common: we both like to create fictional tales, as he has done with his silly and mean-spirited work of propaganda...

The point is Opie that those films were never made from a script which lies about the Faith, In Ben Hur no attack was made against Christ, In Barrabas, no one came out and said Barrabas was the son of Jesus, as the book Holy Blood, Holy Grail says, (a book which was used to develop the plot for the da Vinci code)the same is true about The Robe: the Civil War happened and was writen by a woman who could talk to those who actually lived through the Civil War and Reconstruction; Titanic and Splash! Opie you have to really stretch with those... The plots of both "da Vinci" and "Demons and Angels" vilifiies the Catholic Church, it is undeniable in much the same way as The Deputy and later the film version of that play did in an attempt to engender Anti-Catholic Bias. So you are well among friends.

In conclusion I add this post by Wiliam Donohue in reference to Howards letter posted on the Catholic League today...

...“Dan Brown says in his book that the Illuminati are ‘factual’ and that they were ‘hunted ruthlessly by the Catholic Church.’ In the film’s trailer, Tom Hanks, who plays the protagonist Robert Langdon, says ‘The Catholic Church ordered a brutal massacre to silence them forever.’ Howard concurs: ‘The Illuminati were formed in the 1600s. They were artists and scientists like Galileo and Bernini, whose progressive ideas threatened the Vatican.’

“All of this is a lie. The Illuminati were founded in 1776 and were dissolved in 1787. It is obvious that Galileo and Bernini could not possibly have been members: Galileo died in 1647 and Bernini passed away in 1680. More important, the Catholic Church never hunted, much less killed, a single member of the Illuminati. But this hasn’t stopped Brown from asserting that ‘It is a historical fact that the Illuminati vowed vengeance against the Vatican in the 1600s.’ (My emphasis.)

“Howard must be delusional if he thinks Vatican officials are going to like his propaganda—they denied him the right to film on their grounds. Moreover, we know from a Canadian priest who hung out with Howard’s crew last summer in Rome (dressed in civilian clothes) just how much they hate Catholicism. It’s time to stop the lies and come clean...”

I have not watched the Da Vinci code, or do I plan to watch, Angels and Demons, why? Because I ask God in the Pater to "lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil". Any film which denegrate my Church or Faith is an evil. I am sure that Ron Howard will find many willing idiots to watch it.


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