Da Vinci Code Countdown
There are two types of Catholic bloggers. Those with dignity. And those who discuss the Da Vinci Code.
This post places me in the latter group. But as someone who has written about both anti-Catholicism and the things Catholics do that prompt legitimate suspicion and questions, it’s worth noting that this week the most popular novel in history — that’s right, in history, with over forty million copies in print — receives the full Hollywood treatment. I recommend this thoughtful piece by the new San Francisco archbishop, George Niederauer, as well as the more acerbic commentary in the New Yorker by David Denby on the broader problem of Catholics in contemporary film. The quality of The Da Vinci Code The Movie is anyone’s guess, although Audrey Tatou’s presence has already made me reconsider my once giddy enthusiasm for her oeuvre. Isn’t the cultural history question this: how did the most popular novel in history, which posits a ludicrous (yet epic) conspiracy protected by the Church, take off in the most “Christian” of industrialized nations?