It's just one thing after another for the poor, suffering team behind The Da Vinci Code -- another day, another round of free publicity. This time, it's not an author or a Korean Christian group that's angry, but Opus Dei. Again. And the Pope. So, because Good Friday is a time for publicly making sure everyone is properly respecting Jesus Christ, officials from The Vatican and Opus Dei (specifically the Japanese arm) both spent some time yesterday making sure the press knew about their objections to the film.

In Italy, Raniero Cantalamessa -- "the pope's personal preacher," no less -- described the release of The Da Vinci Code as an event that will cause increased "speculation" about previously accepted "Christian beliefs and ancient legends." Not content to stop there, he went on to imply that the movie is just one element in a betrayal of Christ that recalls the biblical actions of Judas. Man alive. Can we review here, for a second? This book is in the FICTION section of bookstores, people. And the movie? Fiction as well. Tom Hanks is not a pasty, intellectual action hero. Paul Bettany? Sadly, not an evil albino. Seriously. He's really not.

In Japan, meanwhile, Opus Dei made public a letter to Sony, in which they asked the company to attach a "this movie is entirely fiction" disclaimer to The Da Vinci Code. Sigh. According to the group's press release, such a  move would be "an expression of respect toward Jesus Christ, the history of the church and the religious beliefs of viewers." Sony said only that they haven't yet decided whether or not they respect Jesus how to respond. Happy Easter!
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