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March 15, 2005

Top Cardinal Blasts 'Da Vinci Code' as 'Cheap Lies'

Topics: Faith

For some time now I've been wondering when someone would officially peg this book for what it is - FICTION dressed up to look like fact, but with nothing to substantiate it with except more fiction dressed up to look like more fact, that's simply just more fiction.

ROME (Reuters) - A top Catholic cardinal has blasted "The Da Vinci Code" as a "gross and absurd" distortion of history and said Catholic bookstores should take the bestseller off their shelves because it is full of "cheap lies."

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, in an interview with the Milan newspaper Il Giornale, became the highest ranking Italian Churchman to speak out against the book, an international blockbuster that has sold millions of copies.

"(It) aims to discredit the Church and its history through gross and absurd manipulations," Bertone, the archbishop of the northern Italian city of Genoa and a close friend of Pope John Paul told the paper in its Monday edition.

"This seems like a throwback to the old anti-clerical pamphlets of the 1800s," he said.

Posted by Hyscience at March 15, 2005 5:26 PM

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