The associate editor of America magazine, Fr. Jim McDermott, SJ, led a discussion at Boston College on “The Da Vinci Code” and the Catholic Church. The headline says the lecture was to “demystify” the book and the Church, but I’m not sure what they mean.
From the story, it looks like the ridiculous assertions of the book were not refuted, but were instead used as platforms to allow participants to expand Dan Brown’s themes to coincide with their own heterodox opinions on the Church’s teachings like the male priesthood.
McDermott began the lecture by addressing the fact that although The Da Vinci Code was released as a novel almost three years ago, there is still frequent discussion of it today.
Continuing conversations stem from its relevance today, as it addresses issues such as secrets and power in the church’s hierarchy, the role of women in the church, and Jesus’ identity and sexuality, while also addressing the division and polarity in the church, said McDermott.
His sexuality? The only people for whom Jesus’ sexuality is a concern are those who want to advance blasphemous notions of Jesus’ identity in order to bolster their own heterodox arguments. And lest we be lulled into thinking that McDermott was there to debunk “The Code,” he gives a hint right away that this is not the case.
“I think it’s interesting that The Da Vinci Code speaks to gaps in our knowledge, while also illuminating the things we do know from our own experiences,” said McDermott. “We’ve all had serious relationships, maybe even some marriages and divorces, and kids. The church needs this wisdom, and I think The Da Vinci Code speaks to the cry that Catholics have to be heard.”
The only way in which Dan Brown’s second-rate novel speaks to gaps in our knowledge is to expose quite clearly how poorly educated most people are about their faith and about history because they swallow his purple prose hook, line, and sinker.
Incidentally, the lecture was part of BC’s ongoing “Church in the 21st Century” program that, in the guise of dialogue between factions, advances the notion that heterodoxy and dissent is a legitimate option for Catholics.
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