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Vatican Paper calls Angels and Demons Harmless Entertainment

— Posted by Rodney

The official newspaper of the Vatican has come forward with a statement about Angels and Demons, giving their review of the film as harmless entertainment and not a danger to the church.

ComCast reports:

Reviewers at the Vatican’s newspaper have passed judgment on “Angels & Demons,” finding the religious thriller commercial and inaccurate, but concluding it is “harmless” entertainment and not a danger to the church.

The rest of the comments make it sound like they are trying to justify Christianity against the film challenging viewers to play a game of “spot the historical inaccuracies” which I think is wise. It doesn’t seem to address much more about the film other than the assumed affect it would have on the public image of Catholicism.

Religious groups are all up in arms over this work of fiction. But the Vatican isn’t. They are taking it easy and not at all offended by the film. They want people to recognize the difference between fact and fiction and making it known that some Hollywood film is not going to topple their religion.

So now the faithful can relax. The Vatican says so.

Dan Brown is not the antichrist, he is just another fiction writer doing what fiction writers do. They write fiction.

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7 thoughts on “Vatican Paper calls Angels and Demons Harmless Entertainment

  1. The Vatican should have no say over whether or not pieces of art can be released to the public. They have shown their ability to make decisions based on the good of the people is questionable at best. People are exposed to these types of movies so that they can open their minds to new perspectives. That, my friends, is progress.

    • They don’t have any say over it. Never did.

      However they tend to have the final authority over what is “right” for Catholics, and if they sign off on it, then the rest of the faith can too.

      Adversely if they voice an opinion against it, then most devotees will steer clear of it or sometimes react less favourably.

  2. And if they felt it was harmful, the Vatican that is, would they want to edit it so it would say what they wanted? The novel may be ficticious, but it seems to me by giving the film it’s blessing means the Vatican may have something to hide. If they didn’t, why would it matter?

    “It is hard to hear a quiet vote of reason over the programmed roar of dim masses” From R.E. Blakeslee’s novel, Origination.

    I wasn’t a fan of Dan Brown’s book, but the movie entertained, if somewhat unbelievably. From the movie: Do you have a black light? It just so happens I have one in my back pocket.

    • Sucking or not, the point is that some groups feel this movie is a direct attack on their organized religion, which the Vatican’s paper was clear to say it was not.

  3. Lol it’s funny when they get all angry because it’s just a movie, that probably won’t make a lot of money. I mean I know Da Vinci Code did, but I just can’t see this one making a lot of $$$$

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