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Friday, January 13, 2006

Opus Dei and The DaVinci Code - Turning Lemons into Lemonade

Whatever one thinks about the Catholic prelature Opus Dei, one ought to admire the way they are responding to the upcoming theatrical release of The DaVinci Code. Dan Brown’s novel, upon which the film is based, vilifies the prelature. The main Opus Dei characters are depicted as chauvinistic liars and murderers who seek power at all costs. The novel also undermines a fundamental belief of Christians, the divinity of Christ. During an interview yesterday with ZENIT, Opus Dei’s international spokesperson, Marc Carroggio, says his organization will turn the other cheek: “Some people are waiting for a ‘declaration of war’ from the Catholic Church and from Opus Dei. This might interest those who are marketing the movie--you know, a big fight in public. But I can assure you that Opus Dei's only response will be a declaration of peace. No one is going to make threats or organize boycotts or anything like that.” When asked how individuals might respond, he said, “The reaction of the members of Opus Dei, like that of many other Christians, will be to ‘use the lemon to make lemonade.’ Actually this event gives us a wonderful chance to talk about Jesus Christ. After all, it is the figure of Jesus Christ that explains, to a large degree, the popularity of the book…I think that the best response is simply to help people to know Jesus Christ. I suspect that in the coming year, many people will be moved to read the Gospels or a book about the life of Jesus Christ.” May all Christians follow this example. The popularity of The DaVinci Code provides a great opportunity to spread the Good News.

3 Comments:

  • Isn't amazing that some people have read this book or will see the movie and believe that it is based on facts. I think that is the scariest part of a story like this. However I have to believe that for every naive individual there is some one else who will be inspired to learn the truth as you suggested.

    By Anonymous aggie, at Friday, January 13, 2006 4:24:00 PM  

  • As a 'Cooperator' in Opus Dei I am gratified to know that young people such as yourselves are offering a commentary and/or analysis of the book and movie..The DaVinci Code,thus shedding light on the egregious work of Dan Brown. You may now be inspired to learn what 'Cooperator' means.
    Thanks, Tom and Jerry!
    AC

    By Anonymous Cecilia Frantz, at Friday, January 13, 2006 11:01:00 PM  

  • I am reading (among many other things) John Allen's book about Opus Dei. He seems to be taking a very fair approach. I like what I have read so far. I'm sure I learn what a "cooperator" is soon enough.

    By Blogger Tom, at Saturday, January 14, 2006 11:48:00 AM  

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