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Archbishop Angelo Amato, painfully clear

May 2006 —

Archbishop Angelo Amato, the number 2 official in the Vatican doctrinal office, requested that Catholics worldwide
boycott the film "Da Vinci Code."

He didn't stop there; but proceeded to imply that the production and release of the film was a punishable offense.

He said that if "such lies and errors had been directed at the Koran or the Holocaust they would have justly provoked a world uprising."

He added: "Instead, if they are directed against the church and Christians, they remain unpunished."

Infidel expression against the Koran does not "justly" provoke uprising. The fact that you'd expect it does not make it right.

The Holocaust is a whole different matter. The Holocaust happened. To say that it did not is ignorant and outrageous. (Which is not to suggest that nobody should be allowed to say that it did not happen.) A belief in the Holocaust is not dogmatic; the Holocaust was an epochal occurence, and its factuality is borne out by overwhelming anecdotal and physical evidence. The comparison of its factuality with doctrinal controversy is, quite simply, not appropriate.

Amato seems to imply that Catholics ought to resort to their Dark-Ages brutality — and he implies a kinship of spirit with a historic oppressiveness that is a characteristic of undue religious political power.

Another Vatican official, Cardinal Francis Arinze, noted that "There are some other religions which, if you insult their founder, will not just be talking. They will make it painfully clear."

The Catholic Church used to do that; they made their dogma "painfully clear" to millions of people, when they had that kind of power over people's lives.

In Ireland, this was a mere generation ago.

But those days are over.