Church officials in London have barred the producers of The Da Vinci Code from
shooting scenes in Westminster Abbey after denouncing the book, which the film
will be based on, as “theologically unsound.”
Director Ron Howard and his cast have already been given permission to shoot
scenes inside Paris, France’s Louvre art gallery and England’s Lincoln
Cathedral, but the doors to the London landmark won’t be opened for them.
Dan Brown’s controversial book has already been condemned by the Vatican and
Anglican Church leaders for distorting the Christian message.
The best-selling mystery novel suggests Jesus was married to biblical
prostitute Mary Magdalene and had children with her.
In a statement released by Abbey officials, they maintain, “Although a real
page turner, The Da Vinci Code is theologically unsound and we cannot commend
or endorse the contentious and wayward religious and historic suggestions made
in the book.
“It would therefore be inappropriate to film scenes from the book here.”
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