Monday, February 20, 2006
Here they come. The naysayers, religious zealots, kooks, nuts and conspiracy theorists.
Catholic priest John Trigilio has called for a boycott of the upcoming film of Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, calling the Da Vinci Code "... offensive, sacrilegious, blasphemous and historically inaccurate, as well as incredulous."
His main complaint seems to be that Brown isn't always historically accurate. Like TV westerns were. Like movies about World War II were.
The good Father loads up his diatribe with such buzzwords as ludicrous, boycott, erroneous, utter nonsense, incredulous, sloppy research, manipulating, distorting, and of course, crackpot. He manages to make references to the Nazi propaganda of Hitler and Goebbels, too, and insults his readers with references to UFO conspiracies and Elvis sightings.
Why? Because "poor scholarship discourages [him]; manipulating and distorting history annoys [him]. Oh, crap... Father John is annoyed.
He claims Catholicism has been kicked in the groin by the book.
On his own website, Father John tells that he was suspended from the rights of priesthood by the Catholic Church during 2003-2004 in matters relating to the priest sex scandals, but was later reinstated. Father John was not accused of sexual misconduct. Au contrair. Apparently, he's a bit of a malcontent. He was quoted on NewsMax.com and in other sources accusing the Catholic Church of openly supporting a "Nazi- or Stalinist-like totalitarian gay subculture in the seminary that included the faculty [that] made his 12 years in the schools something out of Alexsandr Solzhenitsyn's Gulag Archipelago. He wrote in the New York Daily News that "...the tragic pedophile scandal involving some priests is not the issue here...," instead blaming problems in the Cathlolic Church on too many gays slipping into seminaries undetected. Clearly, the man has issues. Clearly, also, he has strong opinions, right or wrong, and a good publicity agent. There are dozens upon dozens of Google references to Father John Trigilio.
On his website, Papa John uses the same smear tactics he used against the upcomnig Da Vinci Code film in an attack on a nun, Sister Joan Chittister, who he says made an "obscene" comment about the new Pope. You can see his penchant for using inflammatory words for getting his point accross.
The Good Father John wrote, with a minimal use of paragraphing and an overuse of venom and vitriol:
The notorious dissenter Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, made this obscene statement (April 20th, 2005) in the National Catholic Reporter:
"We’ve been living in an ecclesiastical tsunami this week. The election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to the position of Pope Benedict XVI has had all the force of a universal avalanche."
She should be grateful that this was not the Middle Ages when the Holy Office of the Inquisition would have turned her over to civil authorities for trial on the charges of slander, sacrilege and apostasy. Instead, the Benedictine nun lives in the 21st century where enemies of orthodoxy, the Magisterium and the Roman Pontiff can openly attack the Vicar of Christ with impunity, vitriolic rhetoric and diabolical motivation since Satan wants nothing more than to divide and conquer; to destroy the unity of Holy Mother Church. Pope John Paul II was and now Pope Benedict XVI is the personal sign of unity in the church as chief pastor, teacher and shepherd. He possesses full, supreme, immediate and universal authority the moment he became pope and that has been consistently taught by Vatican II, Canon Law and the Catechism, if Sr. Joan ever bothered to read any of those official documents. UBI PETRUS IBI ECCLESIA said Saint Ambrose, so an attack on Pope Benedict XVI is an attack on the Catholic Church. As Prefect for the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, then Cardinal Ratzinger staunchly defended the infallible teachings of our holy religion as taught by the Magisterium. Imagine a grammar school teacher instructing her students that there were only 20 letters of the alphabet instead of 26. Would parents tolerate such academic pluralism? Or a geography teacher telling his class the world is really flat. Truth is the conformity of the intellect (mind) to reality and not vice versa. Laws of grammar, physics, chemistry, mathematics, etc., are like divinely revealed truths: immutable. Water is H2O whether on earth or on Mars. The immorality of abortion and euthanasia is as perennial as the immorality of adultery and murder. No exceptions. The error of female ordination is as untrue as 2 + 2 = 5 but in Sr. Joan's universe, doctrinal and moral truths are changeable and that would make as much sense as a physician who thinks open heart surgery can be done with a local anesthetic or that cigarette smoking is non-lethal. If recalcitrant miscreants like Chittister don't like the truth, they can deny it but do so OUTSIDE the church. At least Martin Luther, John Calvin, Zwingli and Cramner had the decency to leave the Roman Catholic Church when they disavowed her doctrines and disciplines. Radical feminists who spew their heretical rantings can start their own church and religion and leave ours.
Father John is the co-author of Catholicism for Dummies and Women in the Bible for Dummies. No comment.
The whole world is gonna go see the movie, no matter what the Priest of Pissiness has to say.
Catholicism | John Trigilio | Dan Brown | Da Vinci Code | Sex Scandal | Joan Chittister
The photo is of Sister Joan Chittister.
First of all, there is no such thing as a "goddess", so get over it. Secondly, the movie "The DaVinci Code" was so ridiculous I couldn't control my laughter by the end of it. If you think it was a good movie becasue it promotes your cause, you obviously can't discern between good and bad moviemaking.Post a Comment