This is ridiculous.
I know the bishop and dean argue it is fiction – and it might even be brilliant fiction – but it is against the very essence of what we believe.
First of all, how much do you have to pay to get an entire religion to do an ad campaign for your book/movie? Because I think that's the real conspiracy behind all this rubbish: the Catholic Church gets a kickback from Brown based on the book's sales. Why else would there not have been a single week in recent memory that the book wasn't making freaking headlines? First, you had the book hooplah with everybody saying it was fiction that rocked their world. This only proved that they don't read very much, because it's really only amazing in how mediocre it actually is. I'm sure if you only read one book every two or three years, and that book is whatever the "In" book is to have your nose in, then yeah, Dan Brown is Fiction God. Then there was the wave of specials on television. Now the protests just in time for the film. Ugh.
Second of all, can you imagine a life that's more pathetic than one in which the belief system you've based your entire life around is so fragile that a book can threaten it? Me neither.
Article found via Drudge.