Wednesday, April 26, 2006

We Visited This Church--DaVinci Controversy

It is one I couldn't find the name of when doing my travelogue, but I recognized it immediately:


From Christianity Today:

The advertisement was an enormous poster which featured the Mona Lisa, arguably Da Vinci’s most famous painting. The poster, which has the title of the upcoming film on it, has been up already for a few weeks outside the St Pantaleo Church in Rome.

Rev. Marco Fibbi, a spokesman for Rome’s Vicariate reported that the poster was “causing a problem.”

He added, “This movie is not reputed to be particularly appreciated by ecclesiastic circles.”

1 comment:

  1. J.M.J. + O.B.T.

    Mike,

    Can you say, "Abomination of Desolation?" I knew you could.

    "So when you see standing in the Holy Place "the abomination that causes desolation," spoken of through the prophet Daniel, let the reader understand - then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains." (Matthew 24:15-16)

    When a blatantly anti-Christ movie is advertised at the entrance of God's House in Rome, we are getting too close for comfort.

    To paraphase a great line from the Great Communicator, we Catholics need to echo a prayful and collective "Pope Benedict....tear down that sign!"

    I would have more respect for St. Pantaleo's wayward pastor if he had commissioned and mounted a mural of Mickey Mouse with his middle finger arched skyward, in a last great act of defiance. At least no one would mistake this SIGN OF THE TIMES as a mere "movie not reputed to be particularly appreciated by ecclesiastic circles."

    But hey, with a name like Fibbi, the Rome Vicar was just pulling our leg...Right?

    It is clear we need prayer, and lots of it but we also need courageous action from our shepherds.

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