June 11, 2006

The central quality of Brown's “The Da Vinci Code” is not fictional.

What is that central quality? It is a hate-filled and hate-generating attitude towards the Catholic Church. That attitude is not a fiction. It’s a reality. However, it is a reality that uses fiction to promote and perpetuate itself.

In response to that reality, the worthy Catholic attitude is joy. In the Holy Gospel according to Matthew (5:11-12), Jesus says,
"Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad….”

As Catholics, we can expect and accept the hate, but it is right for us to fight the fiction (the falsehood) that presents itself as truth, and with which the hate attempts to justify itself.

[The picture is a self-portrait of Leonardo da Vinci.]


Anonymous Deacon DW said...

Indeed, let us fight the fiction and do so courageously when our conscience calls for it. Also, may we remember:

"do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well..."

9:06 PM  
Blogger Kevin said...

Speaking of the code, today is the feast of 'de Padua'. :)

4:19 AM  

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