More Da Vinci stuff (plus the web links on the top left of this page):
1. Manchester Da Vinci
Excellent stuff as usual from Robin Gamble and colleagues at Manchester Cathedral.
With the Da Vinci Code blockbuster release imminent, clergy from Manchester Cathedral are not afraid to tackle the film's controversial claims head on. The cathedral plans to hold a Da Vinci Mass, and clerics have recreated the film poster with the Cathedral Dean, the Very Revd Rogers Govender, replacing Tom Hanks.
The Da Vinci Mass is the brainchild of Canon Robin Gamble. Talking about the Mass, Robin said, "Anyone who comes must be prepared to be taken on a journey full of twists and turns, mirroring the best-selling book and film. This event will explore the extraordinary claims made in the Da Vinci Code thriller, which has breathed new life into conspiracy theories surrounding the life of Jesus and the origins of the Christian faith."
The Da Vinci Mass will explore the claims of a church cover-up, the truth of the Bible, whether Jesus and Mary Magdalene were lovers, and if Jesus actually died on the cross and rose again.
Canon Gamble said, "People have read the book and will see the film.
The Mass is a chance to enter the mystery. Expect the unexpected at
this unique event, which will culminate in the opportunity to share in
the mystical and spiritual experience of the true bloodline of Jesus.
All will be revealed at Manchester Cathedral at 8pm on 30 May."
2. News and Reviews of the movie
None of them good! Check out the press links below.
This from the C of E press office:
A survey conducted by The Da Vinci Code Response Group, a team of Roman Catholics calling for a ‘health warning’ to be displayed at the beginning of the film, suggests that two thirds of Britons who have read the thriller believe that Jesus fathered a child with Mary Magdelene. Furthermore, 17 per cent of those surveyed who had read the book said that they believed Opus Dei has ordered or carried out a murder.
The Guardian carries an interview with Michael Baigent, the author who unsuccessfully sued Dan Brown after claiming that he had plagiarised his work.