Sunday, May 07, 2006

This guy kills me . . .

and I just hope he doesn't decide to sue me, because he is the most un-Christian s.o.b. I've seen in my lifetime in any sort of official position of religious authority.

Cardinal urges legal action against Da Vinci Code
(May 7, 2006)

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - In the latest Vatican broadside against "The Da Vinci Code", a leading cardinal says Christians should respond to the book and film with legal action because both offend Christ and the Church he founded.

Cardinal Francis Arinze, a Nigerian who was considered a candidate for pope last year, made his strong comments in a documentary called "The Da Vinci Code-A Masterful Deception."

Arinze's appeal came some 10 days after another Vatican cardinal called for a boycott of the film. Both cardinals asserted that other religions would never stand for offences against their beliefs and that Christians should get tough.


I suggest that the whole world ought to get tough against someone trying to impose his religious beliefs via lawsuit. If the right honorable Cardinal Arinze wants to initiate a worldwide series of defamation actions over a work of fiction, then let's see how he plans to muffle things like:

- the Vatican's do-nothing attitude while Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and several little allies merrily slaughtered millions of Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals and other "undesirables" as well as good Catholic opposition to fascism;

- the Vatican's role in inciting several centuries of conflict between the West and Islam;

- the Vatican's and Spanish Catholic Church's collective roles in the Spanish colonization of the Americas and the Inquisition.

And people wonder why this country's system of government was based in part on a separation of church and state?

I have no issue with people who observe Catholicism. But given the Vatican's wonderful historic record and its record on things like child-molesting priests, I'm surprised that Cardinal Arinze hasn't burst into flames on contact with holy water after his remarks above.

I think Arinze may have lost sight of what it means to be Catholic, Christian or even a decent human being. I'm positive that he's never comprehended anything he's read about Christ.


Blogger jromer said...

okay, i'm going to try to leave this comment again. sigh.
here goes.
it's not as if everyone and their dog hasn't already read this book.
'damage' done. they're simply giving the movie a bunch of free press.
also, i agree with you, that THIS is what bothers them? not the pedophilia, not the blind eye, not the various times they've let their flock down. no, this. a book. and christ might have been married. it because tom hanks has long hair?
this is when they call the dogs?????????????

2:50 AM  
Blogger jromer said...

i forgot to mention that i usually use the vatican to decide what to read, watch, eat, sleep with, etc.
that's how i discovered phillip pullmans' his dark materials books.

i loved these books.

3:16 AM  
Blogger Frontier Editor said...

Strange thing is, I never read the book.

God knows what'll happen if the Vatican reads "Watership Down" and puts deux and deux together . . .

10:28 PM  
Anonymous Richard said...

I never read it either. Fancy getting worked up about a load of dodgy stories.

8:35 AM  

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