It was with not a little excitement that I ran across a news item yesterday that the US Confrence of Catholic bishops (USCCB) had launched a site dedicated to opposing the tenets of the Da Vinci Code, my personal bête noir.
But where is the site? The conference's own site hid it well. After searching Yahoo News and CNN without luck, I did a web search and found this item from Catholic News Agency (www.catholicnewsagency.com):
USCCB Web site proves Da Vinci Code is ‘museum of errors’
Washington DC, Mar. 13, 2006 (CNA) - The Da Vinci Code is “a museum of errors,” says Elizabeth Lev. The art history professor at Duquesne University’s Italian campus is only one of several experts who have contributed to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ new Web site, Jesus Decoded. The Web site is an attempt to provide a solid Catholic response to the false statements made about the Church in Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code, soon to be released in theatres as a feature-length film.
The Web site includes contributions from historians, an Opus Dei priest, Bishop Gerald Kicanas, the U.S. bishops’ communications office and other experts. Its purpose is to communicate the truth about the Church and the Catholic faith in light of the film’s upcoming May 19 release.
“Along with trashing Christianity, Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code is a veritable museum of errors where Renaissance art is concerned,” writes Lev.
Lev’s informative essay focuses on the artist at the centre of Brown’s story, Leonardo Da Vinci, and his renowned work, The Last Supper. She methodically debunks each claim Brown makes about the Renaissance artist’s work and life with historical evidence.
And so on. Hooray!!! 'Bout time!
And so nobody can say they didn't know where the site can be found, here's the URL: http://www.jesusdecoded.com.
The Cranky Catholic will post a review of the site soon. But don't wait for us -- have a look-see yourselves! Meanwhile, your Eminences, will you please get a clue about how to promote your own work?