The head of Catholic group Opus Dei prays for The Da Vinci Code stars Tom Hanks, Ian McKellen and author Dan Brown, who he calls "blasphemers," even though he has never seen the film or read the book.
Bishop Javier Echevarria Rodriguez is unhappy with the novel's sinister portrayal of Opus Dei.
The bishop says, "I pray every day for the writer and also for those people who made the film, because they may not realize that what they say could hurt people and that they are blaspheming.
"This phenomenon shows that our society has a great need for transcendence and for aspirations for the beyond."
Universal and Sony ‘Da Vinci’ Legal Feud Settled
The legal spat between Universal Music Group and Sony BMG over an album which allegedly cashes in on The Da Vinci Code has been settled out of court today.
Universal, which owns the rights to the blockbuster's soundtrack, sought an injunction at London's High Court to prevent Sony BMG from selling their disc Music Inspired by Da Vinci. Sony denied acting illegally.
Both labels released their Da Vinci-related records on Monday.
Universal accused Sony of using images connected to Dan Brown's bestseller to fool buyers already caught up in The Da Vinci Code phenomenon.
The judge heard that several tracks on the album, by composer Jan Kisjes, bore titles with no connection with artist Leonardo Da Vinci--but instead could be linked to themes in Brown's book, including churches Eglise St. Sulpice and Rosslyn Chapel.
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