Posted on April 22, 2009 by loshooter
Ron Howard’s new movie from Dan Brown’s book “Angels & Demons” promotes more lies about the Catholic Church. Howard likes to claim its all fictional fantasy and not to be taken as true – well that’s good. However, the book’s author likes to claim that it is true. Can’t have it both ways boys.
So what is true?
Claiming that the makers of the movie “do not hide their animus against all things Catholic,” Donohue charged that the movie’s trailer “lies” when it says the Catholic Church ordered a massacre to silence the Illuminati, an occult secret society featured in the movie.
Howard, responding to Donohue in a Tuesday essay at the Huffington Post, wrote “Let me be clear: neither I nor ‘Angels & Demons’ are anti-Catholic.”
Dan Brown’s book claims that the Illuminati were factual and were “hunted ruthlessly by the Catholic Church.” Donohue quoted Tom Hanks’ character in the “Angels & Demons” trailer as saying, “The Catholic Church ordered a brutal massacre to silence them forever.”
Donohue also reported that Howard in an interview said “The Illuminati were formed in the 1600s. They were artists and scientists like Galileo and Bernini, whose progressive ideas threatened the Vatican.”
The Illuminati were founded in 1776 and were dissolved in 1787. It is obvious that Galileo and Bernini could not possibly have been members: Galileo died in 1647 and Bernini passed away in 1680.
The Catholic Church never hunted, much less killed, a single member of the Illuminati. (But this hasn’t stopped Brown from asserting that “It is a historical fact that the Illuminati vowed vengeance against the Vatican in the 1600s.”)
Excerpts from interviews/writings Ron Howard and Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League (from CNA Article)
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