Some advise from the Archbishop
The Da Vinci Code author Don Brown’s mega selling thriller kicks you into high gear. A full 454 pages, and you’ll discover a lot of shocking facts about history and Christianity. Or will you? The answer is a resounding NO! It’s pure trash-yellow journalism, at its absolute worst.
The Code says – Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene, when he named her leader of the church before his death.
The Truth is: This fantasy has no support even from the “Gnostic gospels’ mentioned in the Da Vinci Code Book, let alone from historical data. I’ve read those so called gospels written, in some cases, hundreds of years after the time of the Apostles. They are foolish, childish and all try to deny the divinity of Jesus Christ.
The Code says- Since the year 1099, a super secret society called ‘The Priory of Sion’ has preserved knowledge of Jesus and Mary’s descendents.
The Truth is – Today’s “Priory of Sion” was founded in the 1960’s by a French con man who falsified documents to support the story of Jesus’ blood line.
The Code says – As a “Priory” leader and pagan goddess worshipper, Leonardo Da Vinci coded secret knowledge about Jesus and Mary into his paintings.
The Truth is - Da Vinci had no known ties to any secret societies. Any obscure images in his painting likely reflect his personal creativity.
The movie is being encouraged by a number of mainline denominations and some evangelical groups who have drifted off into fantasy and heresy. Actually, they are only fulfilling what St. John wrote about in his epistle Chapter 4 verses 1,2 3.
Pope Benedict XVI wrote as Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger in 2003 in book entitled “Truth and Tolerance”. He said the uniqueness of Christ is directly related to the uniqueness of God and to the concrete form of this. Christ is not an avatar of God, perhaps an especially impressive one, one of the multifarious finite manifestations of the divine, in which we learn to have some inkling of the divine. He is not a “Manifestation” of the divine, but is God. In him, God has shown his face. Any one who sees Him sees the Father Jn14.9
As Christians we cannot allow ourselves to be drawn into persuasions, no matter their Hollywood slickness and presentation. To buy the Da Vinci Code book or to view the soon to be released film is not just a waste of time and money, but it is allowing oneself to seek out, to support, and to encourage those who are enemies of Christ and His Church.
It was St. Paul writing to Timothy in Chapter 4 verse 1-2 who said “Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron.”
The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all
++ Stephen C. Reber Sr.