Nun Protests Cathedral's Use in Movie
Actor Tom Hanks and his favorite director, Ronny "Opie Cunningham" Howard, are in London filming the screen adaptation of Dan Brown's best seller The Da Vinci Code, which is a sacrilegious tale concerning a Vatican conspiracy to suppress the supposed marriage of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. Yesterday, as Hanks and company arrived to shoot scenes at the Lincoln Cathedral, which is serving as a double for Westminster Abbey in the movie, they were greeted by protesters, including a Catholic nun. In an article posted today on the Evening Standard's This Is London Web site, Sister Mary Michael, who was leading a 12-hour prayer vigil to get help get her message across, says . . . "I just don't think it's right that they are filming this story here. I know the bishop and dean argue it is fiction - and it might even be brilliant fiction - but it is against the very essence of what we believe."
The cathedral's dean and other church authorities had given permission to the movie's producers to film at historic Lincoln Cathedral in exchange for a £100,000 donation to the church. (Westminster Abbey had refused access.) In the same article, the Very Reverend Alec Knight, the cathedral's dean, says, "It is a huge opportunity in secular terms. We thought about the film company's offer very carefully, both from the point of view of disruption and also because of the text of the book itself. We are not often given an opportunity to enter such an arena, and this was an opportunity we needed to take in order to preach the Gospel. It would be very good for the cathedral, the city and the county. The Da Vinci Code is a load of old tosh. I have been a school chaplain, and these are the sort of things fifthformers try to trip you up with. But if people come here because of it then we have to look at what they go away with."
Hat tip to Matt Drudge at Drudge Report.