A top Catholic cardinal has blasted "The Da Vinci Code" as a "gross and absurd" distortion of history and said Catholic bookstores should take the bestseller off their shelves because it is full of "cheap lies."
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, in an interview with the Milan newspaper Il Giornale, became the highest ranking Italian Churchman to speak out against the book, an international blockbuster that has sold millions of copies.
"(It) aims to discredit the Church and its history through gross and absurd manipulations," Bertone, the archbishop of the northern Italian city of Genoa and a close friend of Pope John Paul told the paper in its Monday edition.
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Australia's NineMSN News put up a Reuters report in tomorrows edition ...
I'm always amazed how old news stories rise like the Phoenix and are marketed as something new; "The Da Vinci Code" is one of those amalgamations.
The MSM, as far as I know, has never approached a conservative Jewish, Catholic, or Protestant biblical or archeological scholar and discussed the credibility of the author's claims. Yet these stories have been around for ages. It's just like what's his name, who 30 years ago claimed man came to earth in space ships and the pyramids proved it ... ha!