|25th May |
Samoa bans Angels and Demons
The Pacific island state of Samoa has banned the movie Angels and Demons , Radio New Zealand International reported.
It quoted censor Lei'ataua Olo'apu, who is Roman Catholic, as saying that the film is critical of the Catholic Church
and the ban will avoid any religious discrimination by other denominations and faiths against the church.
|8th May |
Vatican opt out of Angels and Demons hype
There has also been high-level discussion within the Vatican about whether to urge a boycott of the film, according to Italian media reports. It took that step with The Da Vinci Code , but the film enjoyed staggering box office takings of $758
million and some Vatican insiders fear their high-profile opposition backfired.
Let's be careful not to play their game... by giving them free publicity, said Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, the Vatican economics minister, who still made
clear his derision for the book as a manipulation in anti-Christian key of people, events and history.
So in its first pronouncement on the film, Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano described Angels and Demons as harmless entertainment which hardly affects the genius and mystery of Christianity.
While the gigantic and smart commercial operation is filled with inaccuracies and stereotyped characters, the camera work is splendid , Howard's direction dynamic and alluring and the reconstruction of St Peter's Basilica
and the Sistine Chapel is magnificent.
An editorial in the paper added: It would probably be an exaggeration to consider the books of Dan Brown an alarm bell but maybe they should be a stimulus to rethink and refresh the way the Church
uses the media to explain its positions on today's burning issues.
|5th May |
UK catholics line up to support the hype for Angels and Demons
Based on article from
UK catholic leaders have attacked Angels and Demons , the film adaptation of Dan Brown's book.
The Rt Rev Malcolm McMahon, the Bishop of Nottingham, warned that the film could stir up anti-Catholic sentiment.
This is so
outlandish, it's total rubbish, said Bishop McMahon, who is one of the Church's most senior bishops: It's mischievous to stir up this kind of anti-Catholic sentiment. It's a gratuitous knocking of the Church and I can't see any reason for it.
Bishop McMahon said that Catholics were getting tired of the sensational stories and plot lines contained in Brown's novels and subsequent film adaptations: I don't think that Catholics will be interested in seeing this as it's so far
removed from the truth.
Bill Donahue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights in the US, accused Howard and Brown of smearing the Catholic church with fabulously bogus tales. Donahue is exasperated by the way
that he says Brown and Howard blend fact, fiction and conspiracy theory. I have never dealt with two more disingenuous people, he told The Daily Telegraph: They wouldn't dare treat any other religion like this.
Howard responded in
forthright fashion: Let me be clear: neither I nor Angels & Demons are anti-Catholic. And let me be a little controversial: I believe Catholics, including most in the hierarchy of the Church, will enjoy the movie for what it is – an exciting
mystery, set in the awe-inspiring beauty of Rome.
There has also been high-level discussion within the Vatican about whether to urge a boycott of the film, according to Italian media reports. It took that step with The Da Vinci Code ,
but the film enjoyed staggering box office takings of $758 million and some Vatican insiders fear their high-profile opposition backfired.
Let's be careful not to play their game... by giving them free publicity, said Archbishop Velasio De
Paolis, the Vatican economics minister, who still made clear his derision for the book as a manipulation in anti-Christian key of people, events and history.
|3rd May |
Indian bishops offered the chance to ban Angels and Demons
1st May 2009. Based
on article from indiancatholic.in
India's Censor Board Screening Committee has now seen the film Angels and Demons and have not issued sertificate.
They have referred the film to a Revising Committee with the censor Sharmila Tagore and a panel of 4 catholic bishops.
Here is a press statement from Christian Secular Forum:
We have represented to the Censor Board, that in matter pertaining to Catholicism, the opinion of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) should be binding.
The Censor Board has therefore asked for 4 representatives of the Catholic Bishops to see the film. The CBCI has also already written to the Censor Board calling for a ban on Angels & Demons . The ball is now in the Catholic Bishops' court. If
after seeing the film, it recommends a ban - Banned it will it be.
We are also given to understand that the Censor Board wants the Church to settle for a Disclaimer.
Angels & the CSF
3rd May 2009. Based on article from
In a statement on Saturday, Joseph Dias, general secretary of the Christian Secular Forum (CSF) urged Catholic bishops to call for a boycott of the film.
also filed a complaint with the Commissioner of Police, Mumbai, urging him to take action against officials of Sony Pictures on various counts.
The CSF submitted a memorandum to Central Board for Film Certification chairperson Sharmila Tagore,
calling for wider consultations to further scan the film and ensure that it did not hurt the sentiments of Christians. Scenes depicting violence in churches should be removed and care should be taken while dubbing the film in other languages.
earlier revision committee, which recommended a disclaimer and an A certificate, was based in the capital and not comprehensive enough, said Dias. If the film was not cut adequately to remove the objectionable scenes, the CSF would consider legal
options, he warned.
|22nd April |
Indian bishops whinge about Angels and Demons
Based on article from
The Catholic Bishops Conference of India, the country's top Catholic body, is calling for a ban of the Tom Hanks-starring Angels & Demons set for worldwide release on May 15.
This film could seriously hurt religious sentiments,
CBCI spokesperson Father Babu Joseph was quoted as saying in media reports over the weekend: Christianity is not understood by the majority of people in India yet, and many non-Christians may mistake the content as the truth.
secretary general Stanislaus Fernandes reportedly has written to the chair of the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) asking to stop the film's release.
We are still waiting for a print to arrive from our head offices, after which we
will submit the film to the CBFC, Sony Pictures Releasing India managing director Kersy Daruwala said.
Father Anthony Charanghat, a spokesman for the Catholic archdiocese in Mumbai also called for a boycott: We are calling on Christians to
adhere to the principle of not supporting anything that goes against our faith. We are asking people not to watch it.
|25th March |
Catholics wound up by Angels and Demons
article from telegraph.co.uk
The Vatican is poised to boycott Angels & Demons , the prequel to Hollywood blockbuster The Da Vinci Code .
Avvenire, the Vatican's official newspaper, says in its latest edition that the church cannot approve of the
Italian newspaper La Stampa reported that the Vatican will soon call on Catholics to boycott the film. However, the same article quoted Archbishop Velasio De Paolis warning that a boycott could create a boomerang effect by giving the
movie more publicity.
Based on article from indiancatholic.in
Meanwhile in India the Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) has objected to the Columbia Pictures film
In a statement issued to Indian Catholic, Joseph Dias, general secretary of
CSF said that the anti-Church depictions in the film are sufficient reason for Christians to call for action against the film, as was the case with Dan Brown's earlier Da Vinci Code .
Angels & Demons has been roundly
criticised by Vatican, which has also refused permission to the makers to shoot the film on its premises, leading them to recreate important parts of Vatican city in the studios & go ahead, he said.
Dias said CSF has sent memorandums on
the film to India's Ministry of Information & Broadcasting, besides the Censor Board at Mumbai.
Dan Brown, the author of Da Vinci Code seems to have excelled in the art of Catholicism-bashing and he takes his anti-Catholic agenda
further with the novel - Angels & Demons . Co-producer, Brian Grazer wants Angels & Demons to be ‘less reverential' than The Da Vinci Code , meaning more liberally anti-Catholic – which it is, if one goes by the book, he
|5th March |
Catholic League starts campaign against latest Dan Brown movie
Thanks to Alan
Based on article from
Catholic League president Bill Donohue announced today the start of a campaign against Angels & Demons.
The movie, which opens May 15, is based on the book by Dan Brown.
Bill Donohue writes:
week we will begin to make available to the public a booklet that I wrote on Angels & Demons . It details the myths, lies and smears that are made against the Catholic Church. It also provides evidence of the anti-Catholic animus harbored by
those associated with the film.
Author Dan Brown and director Ron Howard are getting good at this. The Da Vinci Code was replete with falsehoods presented as fact, and now the tag team is back again delivering a curious blend of fact and
fiction. All done at the expense of the Catholic Church.
Brown-Howard are obsessed with Catholicism. It is not enough to criticize it—they are hell bent on demonizing it. It is not enough to drag out dirty laundry—they invent it. And the fact
that they pay absolutely no price for their propaganda shows beyond dispute that anti-Catholicism is the one bigotry Hollywood likes.
We will have something to say about the lies tomorrow. On Wednesday, we will address the anti-Catholic
sentiments of the producers and film crew. Next week we will release the booklet. By the time we are finished with Angels & Demons , there should be few who won't know what the Brown-Howard agenda entails.