Tarry for the Nonce

April 17, 2006

Crazed Albino Monks and Such

Filed under: Religion — lmwalker @ 4:44 pm

Since I’m sure the Da Vinci Code producers will not respect the request of Opus Dei to preface the film with a disclaimer, I will point out a few of the inaccuracies that abound . . . just about Opus Dei:

  • Opus Dei doesn’t have monks. It is comprised of diocesan priests and the laity, with nary a monk to be found.
  • Men and women most certainly do not have separate entrances at the Opus Dei U.S. headquarters and women are not forced to clean the men’s restrooms.
  • While I’m not acquainted with all the ins and outs of Opus Dei mortification, I do know that they aren’t intended to be life-theatening or extreme. Small sacrifices are encouraged like abstaining from a food you particularly want, turning off the hot water in the shower, getting out of bed the first time the alarm rings, etc. And as for the cilice, it’s hardly a flesh pulverizer. I understand that even Mother Teresa used one!

And – on a completely unrelated note – despite the creative omission of the Telegraph and the completely random reference to the Pope’s personal priest, the Archbishop of Canterbury isn’t Catholic.

Such casual inaccuracies are inane. Aren’t these people in the fact business?



  1. “Aren’t these people in the fact business?”

    Um, no, not really, that’s why it’s called FICTION. The silly fact page at the beginning of Angels & Demons and DaVinci Code is nothing more than a lie to make the reader believe that the book is bristling with truth, that it’s historical fiction. Both are nothing more than decent thrillers/mysteries that have received far too much praise for the simple notion that the subject matter is controversial. I trust you’ve read both books, Laura?

    Comment by Mueller — April 18, 2006 @ 3:53 pm

  2. Um, no, not really, that’s why it’s called FICTION.

    I was going to mention that my post was perhaps unclear in the fact that I was referring to the journalists at The Telegraph, but then I realized that your remarks were equally applicable to them.

    I trust you’ve read both books, Laura?

    Oh, come now, sir. You know how long it takes me to return calls and answer emails. Why would borrowed books be any different?

    Comment by laura — April 18, 2006 @ 5:52 pm

  3. I don’t know anything about the whole religious thing about it all. I just know that it was poorly written and way over done in all it’s nooks and crannies. And the movie is gross, a bore and the biggest laugh to date. And I know this by only going to the official website and watching the trailers on-line. please.

    P.S. did anyone else tire of all the elipses?…

    Comment by Alistair A. — April 19, 2006 @ 8:07 pm

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