Vatican Prelate Urges Organized Da Vinci Code Protests
On April 28, Archbishop Angelo Amato, Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, criticized The Da Vinci Code book and film, and urged Catholics to organize protests worldwide, while speaking at a Catholic conference in Rome.1
According to the news agency Ansa, the Archbishop said the book was, “full of calumnies, offences and historical and theological errors regarding Jesus, the Gospels and the Church.” He added: “I hope all of you boycott this film.”1
A Reuters article also affirmed that the Archbishop “suggested that Catholics around the world should launch organized protests against the The Da Vinci Code film,” as they did in 1988 against Martin Scorsese’s film, The Last Temptation of Christ.2 The American TFP was also very involved in that effort, leading protests at theaters across the country.2
The Archbishop’s comments come as a great encouragement to those affiliated with the American TFP’s efforts to reject The Da Vinci Code. Currently, the organization is committed to promoting over 1,000 theater protests across the nation. Now, more than ever, it is convinced that it will reach its goal.
“We’ve been working overtime to ensure that we will reach our goal and protest The Da Vinci Code at 1,000 theaters across the nation,” said Rejecting The Da Vinci Code campaign coordinator Francis Slobodnik. “After the encouragement we have received from Archbishop Amato’s words, I feel we may even reach our goal on the film’s opening night.”