JO - Is the Catholic Church hiding something?
I have to wonder just what kind of "Rev." the good Mr. Stoddard is.
Is the Catholic Church hiding something?
Thursday, May 18, 2006
The Da Vinci Code movie boycott being recommended by various arms of the Catholic Church leads one to wonder what it is that the denomination has to hide. Having read the Dan Brown novel from cover to cover I must conclude from this frantic effort of the Catholics to prevent people from watching the movie that the Vatican believes that the movie will deal yet another blow to its age-hold practice of covering up biblical truths and feeding the masses religious lies and misinformation. Here one thinks of such Catholic lies like the perpetual virginity of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and the infallibility of the Pope, among others.
In these post-modern days Catholicism will be subjected to more and more critical examination and many of its false doctrines will be exposed. There is no perfect denomination and Christianity itself as a human entity is far from perfect but the historical evils of the Roman Catholic church must be examined, exposed and evaluated in light of the fact that it was the same Catholic organisation that gave Christians their holy book the Bible, determining what constitutes the holy canon, especially in the Western world. There is no doubt in my mind that vital information relevant to Christianity has been both hidden and corrupted by the Catholic Church. The Da Vinci Code examines many such biblical ideas and raises the question of a great conspiracy concerning the marital status of Jesus, the Christ, who might have fathered children with Mary Magdalene.
If the Christ is whom he claims to be, that is, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, can he not defend himself against Dan Brown's fictional work? Why don't the Vatican and its supporters spend as much time and resources denouncing the murder of innocent people in Iraq and elsewhere, and the other related evils in our world, all products of white supremacy and hellish racism? Could it be because the Catholic Church itself is guilty of bigotry and has historically used Christianity as a means of enslavement, colonialism and exploitation?
The Spanish Inquisition, the selling of indulgences, Columbus's slaughter of natives of the New World, and other Catholic excesses no doubt contributed to the untold atrocities that have been committed by white "civilisations" in the name of Christianity. This religion, purportedly built on the life of the Christ, needs a major overhauling to exorcise racism and white supremacy from its bowels.
Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code might help with such overhauling and the Vatican and Catholicism, not the Christ, will stand to lose from such a development. If The Da Vinci Code movie is anywhere as gripping, exciting and thought-provoking as the novel, it should be viewed by every person on the planet, including Pope Benedict XVI, who might be moved to reform Catholicism for the better.
Rev Mervin Stoddart
P O Box 150953
Altamonte Springs, FL 32715