Scotland: Catholic Church launches Da Vinci Code DVD

 The Scottish Catholic Media Office will launch a DVD tomorrow, which aims to tackle many of the myths and misinformation contained in the best-selling book and newly launched film.

The DVD titled 'Cracking the Da Vinci Code' comprises a lecture by Professor Pat Reilly, Professor Emeritus of English Literature at Glasgow University which provides a critique of the literary style and theological content of the book.

Prof Reilly comments in his talk: "I didn't know whether to laugh or cry: laugh at the sheer fatuous absurdity of this farrago of nonsense or weep for the state of contemporary culture which has made the author of this ineptly-written drivel a multimillionaire."

The DVD which also contains details of websites with further information has been produced by the Scottish Catholic Media Office will be distributed to all 62 Catholic secondary schools in Scotland this week. Additionally posters and order forms have been sent to all of Scotland's 500 Catholic parishes advertising the disc. The launch coincides with the release of the film in Scottish cinemas on Thursday.

The launch tomorrow morning will take place in St Luke's High School in Barrhead. It will comprise an introduction from SCMO Director Peter Kearney and comments from senior pupils who have read the book and watched the lecture. Their will be opportunities for interviews and photographs.

Commenting on the initiative, Peter Kearney said: "The Church in preparing this resource is simply responding to reports that many Christians having read the "Da Vinci Code "felt their faith weakened or threatened by it. To those left feeling unsure about their religious beliefs we offer facts in place of fiction and reassurance on the basic truths of their faith. We hope people find this useful and see the release of the film as an opportunity to widen awareness of the Christian Gospels rather than a threat."

Source: SCMO
EDINBURGH - 17 May 2006 - 317 words

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