Tuesday, April 25, 2006

DV Code on Roman Churches!

Fr. John Wauck, a priest of the prelature of Opus Dei in Rome (and a good friend as well), blogged the following on his site the other day:

Yesterday, walking around Rome, I came across the Church of St. Pantaleone, which is between Piazza Navona and Campo de’ Fiori on one of the busiest streets in town, the Corso Vittorio Emmanuele. Work is being done on the facade, and the scaffolding is covered with a scrim which reproduces the look of the church’s facade and includes paid advertising. You’ll never guess what was being advertised.


Fortunately, today I found the following article, where apparently enough complaints were heard that they've decided to take the heretical movie poster down. Praise God.

Italy to Remove 'DV Code' Ad

ROME (AP) -- The Interior Ministry said Tuesday it would remove a poster promoting "The DV Code" movie from the scaffolding of a Rome church undergoing renovation after its clergymen complained, officials said Tuesday.

The enormous poster, featuring a picture of Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" and the title of the upcoming film, has been plastered for a few weeks on the scaffolded facade of the church of St. Pantaleo, which is located just off a major thoroughfare in Rome's historic center.

The Rev. Marco Fibbi, a spokesman for Rome's Vicariate, said the poster was "causing a problem."

"This movie is not reputed to be particularly appreciated by ecclesiastic circles," Fibbi said.

Church officials have spoken out repeatedly against the best-selling novel by Dan Brown and the upcoming film, which stars Tom Hanks and is scheduled for release May 19.

The story contends that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had descendants, and that Opus Dei, a conservative religious organization close to the Vatican, and the Catholic Church were at the center of covering it up.

"It advertises something that is against Christ and against the church," St. Pantaleo's rector, the Rev. Adolfo Garcia Duran, told The Associated Press.

The Interior Ministry, which owns the church and awarded the contract for the renovation to an external company, said the poster would be removed in the next few days. Officials confirmed the Rome Vicariate had sent a letter requesting the poster be taken down.

Plastering posters on scaffolding is a common advertising technique in Rome.

Opus Dei and other church officials have spoken out against the novel, with an Italian cardinal, Tarcisio Bertone, calling for a boycott of the book last year.

Opus Dei, portrayed as a murderous, power-hungry sect in the novel, has described "The DV Code" as a work of fantasy that offers a deformed image of the Catholic Church.

In a recent homily, the preacher for the papal household, the Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa, denounced theories that make huge profits in denying Catholic teaching about Jesus.

Cantalamessa, a Franciscan priest, did not cite "The DV Code" by name, but he obviously appeared to refer to it and to the upcoming movie.

"No one succeeds in stopping this speculative wave, that instead will register a boom with the imminent release of a certain film," the preacher said.


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