On Friday, Archbishop Angelo Amato became the latest high-ranking Vatican official to speak out against Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code, going so far as to urge the Catholic faithful to boycott the movie version when it comes on later this month. According to Amato, both the book and movie are "stridently anti-Christian ... full of calumnies, offenses and historical and theological errors regarding Jesus, the Gospels and the Church." Interestingly, a large part of his anger seems to be directed towards members of the Catholic Church, and their passive response to Brown's book, and Ron Howard's film: Amato believes that, had The Da Vinci Code questioned fundamental tenants of Islam or Judaism, the "lies" therein "would have justly provoked a world uprising."

Whether there's any merit to those assertions or not, it seems unlikely that the Vatican's protests will have much effect on the film's box office, which will surely see a massive open starting May 17, when it begins to unroll across the globe (the US open is two days later).