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Demonstrating nuns

#1
From Sky News:

NUNS PROTEST AGAINST FILM

Tom Hanks was faced with protesters - including nuns - as he began filming scenes for the film version of The Da Vinci Code.

The demonstration took place outside Lincoln Cathedral, which is doubling for London's Westminster Abbey.

Hanks briefly waved at a small gathering of fans, who vied with the demonstrators for his attention, before disappearing inside.

The cathedral's Dean, The Very Reverend Alec Knight, dismissed Dan Brown's best-selling book as a "load of old tosh".

But according to movie website imdb.com he was unable to turn down the offer of filming, which gives priceless publicity to the cathedral.

The demonstrators take exception to the questioning of their religious beliefs in The Da Vinci Code.

They were led in a 12-hour prayer vigil by Catholic nun Sister Mary Michael.

The 61-year-old said: "I just don't think it is right that they are filming this story here.

"I know the Bishop and Dean argue that it is fiction - and it might even be brilliant fiction - but it is against the very essence of what we believe."
Good to see the Dean sticking to his beliefs - it seems the cold cash cow of Hollywood has the power to sweep away even the strongest conviction.

And for what it's worth, I thought it was a jolly good story.

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#2
I got to about page sixty of The Da Vinci code before I just gave a big sigh and returned it to the person I'd borrowed it from.

I have no strong religious convictions, find Opus Dei faintly ridiculous (etc) but thought the book was just...turgid. There isn't one character in it that isn't a two-dimensional stereotype. Brown isn't a very good writer, but thinks he is. I suspect it'll be one of those rare books that makes a better movie than it does a read.

However, in a double-whammy for me, I find Tom Hanks an extremely underwhelming actor. So I doubt I'll see the movie or finish the book.

Veg's conclusion? Brown is Tom clancy for people interested in conspiracy theories and old churches.

V!
 
#3
V - I suspect my inate distust of the Catholic Church and all its artifices is what made me plough through it. That, and a very long mission in BATUS.
 
#4
It's the last line in the story that makes me chuckle.

'it might even be brilliant fiction'.

Well, if you agree that it is fiction, why on earth are you complaining about it. Surely this is a sign that the book 'isn't true'.

Can we expect hordes of nuns complaining outside cinemas a la Sikhs in Birmingham? I wonder if they will force cinemas not to show the film because a religious minority is offended?

'Life of Brian' anyone?
 
#5
I wonder if there is a "Nun Demonstration and Trials Unit", to demonstrate outside films and courts et al??
 
#8
Sidebar to this story is that ' Sister Michael ' may be a Walt Nun..the ' order' she belongs to isn't one recognized by the Church as a legitimate entity...
 
#9
I totally agree with Vegitus, what a pap book.

How this rubish got so hyped and stayed at the top of the best seller list for so long is beyond me.

The charcters are all stereotypes and untterly one dimensional and the story was nicked from Holy Blood, Holy Grail. I could have written better.

Wanders away muttering to himself about missed oportunities for book writing and how he should have written that novel as he intended in his spare time on that Op tour rather than watching Porn and drinking. DOH!
 

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#10
CrapSpy said:
It's the last line in the story that makes me chuckle.

'it might even be brilliant fiction'.

Well, if you agree that it is fiction, why on earth are you complaining about it. Surely this is a sign that the book 'isn't true'.

Can we expect hordes of nuns complaining outside cinemas a la Sikhs in Birmingham? I wonder if they will force cinemas not to show the film because a religious minority is offended?

'Life of Brian' anyone?
Barsteward!!!! Why did you have to give away the ending :wink: 8O
 
#11
Funny how we never see Nuns demonstrating against the Catholic Church's appalling record of child sexual abuse...
 
#13
i am currently reading Angels and Demons by Dan Brown and i am thoroughly enjoying it!

It raises points i have never even contenplated ie religion vs science!

i was hooked from page one

If the Da Vinci code is as good as this book i will be pleased :)
 
#15
Me too. Enema Nuns II - Dirty Habits currently in the vid player. Hey! Nuns? Coincedence? [Twighlight Zone theme] A conspiracy perhaps?
 

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