I See a Dumb Priest and I Want to Paint Him Black
My oh my, but the Catholic Church is painting itself into a corner these days, isn't it? Lay down and let "DaVinci Code Mania" roll over you with all its blathering about secret societies and dark caverns and self-flagellating albino monks, or speak up and tell people not to see the movie and come across as secretive and possibly promote just the attitude that Dan Brown says the Vatican has in his book? What to do, what to do?
Well, Cardinal Paul Poupard from said Vatican has an idea. Funnily enough, "...he had no objection to people seeing the film if they understand it is fiction, but many would watch this 'nonsense' and think that it was true." Poupie, I could say the same about your little religion. I have no problem with people going to church and saying their little prayers, as long as they realize that it's not based in reality, but many people seem to think that your nonsense is factual and has real-world consequences.
The kettle's black, the pot's black, the whole fuckin' kitchen's black. Poupie also was quoted as saying, "(T)his is a shocking and worrying cultural phenomenon that reflects, on the one hand, the ignorance of millions of people and, on the other, the voluptuous pleasure the media take in promoting products that have nothing to do with the truth...". It is like he's writing for The Simpsons and is fully aware of the layers of meaning in what he's saying, only he's not.
I would say the same thing about going to church as Poupie says about DaVinci: "If it is clear this has nothing to do with truth and it amuses you to go see it, why not?"
Do these guys even get a year of university literature courses? Not one course on irony or its uses and meaning? No? Obviously not, I guess. Ah well, enjoy your skewering and I'll send you my box office receipt.