Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Why watching ‘Angels and Demons’ is not as "harmless" as Vatican newspaper says

I read that L’Osservatore Romano published an editorial calling the movie based on the book by Harvard symbologist and pseudo-historian Dan Brown, Angels and Demons, “harmless”. Now let us put things in the proper perspective by quoting two articles from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The numbers constitute the entry number in the Catechism.

1868 Sin is a personal act. Moreover, we have a responsibility for the sins committed by others when we cooperate in them:
  • By participating directly and voluntarily in them;
  • By ordering, advising, praising or approving them;
  • By not disclosing or not hindering them when we have an obligation to do so;
  • By protecting evil doers.
1869 Thus sin makes men accomplices of one another and causes concupiscence, violence and injustice to reign among them. Sin gives rise to social situations and institutions that are contrary to the divine goodness. “Structures of sin” are the expression and effect of personal sins. They lead their victims to do evil in their turn. In an analogous sense, they constitute a “social sin”

So, you go watch the movie based on a book by Dan Brown, you get entertained. Maybe had a grand time playing “Catch the factual inaccuracies in Angels and Demons game”, where do you think the money you paid to watch the money would end up? Yes… with…Dan Brown. So you end up being part of Dan Brown’s list of benefactors. You end up financing his future novels against the Catholic Church, against Christ.

This man left his job as a teacher to write books that impugn the Holy Name of Jesus, malign the Catholic Church, makes us look fools as if we do not know our history and geography. Every hard earned penny you spend to buy his books, to watch the movie about them, fuels his passion to make a living out of lies, insults, calumny and just plain dumbness and stupidity.

Don’t waste your time and money to support this whack job. Or better yet, if you are concerned with the eternal salvation of your soul, don’t watch the movie, don’t buy the book. Give the money to the poor and needy.

Let us put it this way. If you knew that Osama bin Laden owns the gasoline station in the neighbourhood, would you have your gas refill there?

But some would say “Its entertainment. I’m not saying that I am supporting Dan Brown. I just came to see the movie to be entertained.” Yeah right. Sounds like the commencement speech and honorary doctorate is not “a political statement or an endorsement of policy.” And that the “University and I are unequivocally committed to the sanctity of human life and to its protection from conception to natural death.” Yeah… right…

Sin of omission…

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