Bishops use web to refute Da Vinci Code

To coincide with the film launch, the US Conference of Catholic Bishops have launched a web site, Jesus Decoded, which (in the words of its rather precious front page) “provides information for anyone who wishes to know more about Jesus Christ due to claims that appear in current popular media”.

Still in doubt about what the USCCB thinks about the Da Vinci Code? Here’s the opening line:

Causing people to see something they never saw before in a five-hundred-year-old work of art which is among the most famous and reproduced of all time is an accomplishment of genius, if that “something” is a valid new insight. If it is not, then this kind of achievement usually goes by other names.