WASHINGTON (March 7, 2006)—The U.S. Bishops’ Catholic Communication Campaign will offer key resources to provide accurate information on the life of Jesus and the origins of Christianity prior to the release of the movie based on Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code. Resources include a Web site and documentary slated to air on NBC-TV stations. Also being produced is a 16-page booklet on The Authentic Jesus.Let's hope that this is more accurate and helpful than some of the USCCB's posted NAB comentaries or movie reviews or other items. It seems to me, though, that many good and worthwhile efforts have been made in recent years by Catholics to address the 'Duh Vinci Code' and its many errors...
On March 9, the CCC will launch an Internet Web site, www.jesusdecoded.com, to provide accurate information on Jesus, Catholic teaching, and various topics explored in The Da Vinci Code. The Web site will explain Catholic beliefs and include articles from theologians, media commentators, art experts and others that provide background and also rebut the speculation and inaccuracies about Christ and the origins of Christianity. Contributing to the Web site is the prelature of Opus Dei.I apologize in advance for my skittish behavior, but I get nervous when I see the term "theologian" used by the USCCB...My confidence level is boosted, however, with the understanding that Opus Dei will be involved. If Opus Dei was do more than 'contribute', that is, if it was wholly responsible for the site and the content, I would have no qualms or reservations at all.
Also available in March will be a booklet, The Authentic Jesus, which will address questions raised by The Da Vinci Code and other popular portrayals of Jesus.I suppose we will see. I would also hope that the many fine Catholic authors and commentators who have already addressed and refuted claims in the 'Duh Vinci Code' were consulted in this work.
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