Vatican vs. Da Vinci Code

March 16, 2005

In what may prove to be one of the most bone-headed PR moves since former veep Dan Quayle got into a running arguement with a sitcom character, the Vatican has decided that it needs to start actively refuting some of the plot twists in Dan Brown’s pseudo-historical potboiler, The Da Vinci Code.

The full scoop from The Guardian is here.

“Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Archbishop of Genoa and a possible successor to the Pope, has been appointed by the Vatican to rebut what the Catholic church calls the “shameful and unfounded errors” contained within The Da Vinci Code. He is organising a series of public debates focusing on the conspiracy theories and what the Vatican sees as the blurring of fact and fiction at the heart of the thriller, the first of which will be held in Genoa tomorrow.”

Blurring fact and fiction in a thriller?  Oh the humanity!  Next thing you’re going to tell me is that Jack Ryan didn’t help a Soviet sub defect.

It’s not like most of the window dressing for Da Vinci Code hasn’t been around for a long time.  For that matter, Brown even took enough editorial license with the various conceits and players that he managed to piss off most of the people who have been promoting those ideas for so long anyway.

Oh well, it could be worse—at least he doesn’t have to go rent a room from Salman Rushdie yet…

Of course, you just know deep within the bowels of Brown’s publishers (and Columbia Pictures, who have bought the movie rights), they’re sitting around chanting “You just can’t BUY publicity like this!”

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2 Responses to “Vatican vs. Da Vinci Code”

  1. bmh1972 on April 20th, 2005 1:52 pm

    Appoigny dans le film “ The Da Vinci Code “

    Une scène du film “ The Da Vinci code “ (réalisé

    par Ron Howard et Tom Hanks) sera tournée

    dans la Collégiale d’Appoigny (Yonne) durant

    l’été 2005. Classée Monument Historique, cette

    église possède en effet un Jubé réplique exacte

    du “Lirva Reimerp” décrit dans le célèbre

    ouvrage de Dan Brown(..)

  2. ron89 on July 2nd, 2005 3:28 am

    Appoigny in the film “The Da Vinci Codes” A scene of the film “The Da Vinci codes” (carried out by Ron Howard and Tom Hanks) will be turned in the Collegial one of Appoigny (France) during the summer 2005. Classified Historic building, this church has Jubé indeed retorts exact of “Lirva Reimerp” describes in the famous one work daN Brown (.)

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