Then you will be committing ‘a sin’, apparently.
The world’s film critics have been especially brutal to the movie version of the bestselling novel by Dan Brown, which opens in cinemas this weekend in Poland.
But the Polish Catholic church, perhaps more predictably, is not too keen on the movie either.
Archbishop Stanisław Dziwisz, long-time personal secretary of Pope John Paul II, has said that the film presents a ‘distorted picture’ of the Catholic Church. ‘Its hidden objective is to convince viewers that Christianity is a religion of contradictions, secrets and lies,’ he says.
One Polish bishop, Wiktor Skworc of Tarnow in the south of the country, has said that those who go to see the film will be ‘committing a sin’.
The Church is calling for a boycott of the movie in protest.
Opus Dei in Poland
Apart from Jesus marrying a prostitute and having kids, the book and film features the slightly obscure world of Opus Dei, a kind of club for the rich and powerful within the Catholic Church.
There are rumored to be around 300 members of the secretive organization in Poland out of a worldwide membership of 85,000.
Members of Opus Dei are within the present Polish government. The hapless ex-finance minister, Teresa Lubinska, who lasted only a few weeks in the post, is a member. Jerzy Polaczek, the minister of infrastructure, is another. And so, say many, is Prime Minister Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz.
If this is so, then what do these cabinet ministers get up to during meetings?
Well, one of the practices of the Opus Dei’ers is known as corporal mortification. Some don’t eat for a few days; others pay penance by wearing around their thigh a small metal band with spikes on the inside (?). Others go further still and beat themselves on the back and buttocks with small whips (??).
Is this why every freakish politician in Poland is trying to get into government at the moment?
Friday, May 19, 2006
Posted by beatroot at 5/19/2006