conference on religion and literature in Rome, the President of the
Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Paul Poupard, said the Dan
Brown book seriously distorts the history of the Church and takes
advantage of the ignorance of many Catholics about their faith in order
to confuse reality with fiction.
“The lack of
basic knowledge makes it difficult to distinguish between fables,
fantasies and attacks on the history and values of the Church,” he
one scene that focused on the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Julian
Herranz, President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts,
said it seemed “like something from a movie about the mafia, a kind of
gangster meeting in Chicago.”
He said the Church had "to urge people to do some reading (so they can) confront lies with the truth of the Christian faith."
Saraiva Martins, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints,
said he had no doubt that both the novel and the film show a great
ignorance about the true history of Christ and of the Church.
top Vatican officials have expressed dismay at what they see as a clear
religious ignorance evident in book “The Da Vinci Code,” which will
make its film debut on May 18th.