Goa Archbishop Urges People To Refrain From "Harmful And Blasphemous Entertainment"New Delhi, May 12, 2006:
In his letter titled 'Message from the Archbishop of Goa' on May 11 Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao of Goa and Daman urges all pastors and lay leaders in the parishes to acquaint themselves as well as the people under their care with the dangers and risks that can result from harmful and blasphemous entertainment.
"Every author or movie maker knows that the surest way to 'strike it rich' is to take up an issue that will generate controversy and create division among people," the Archbishop said.
He has asked all faithful to refrain from watching the soon to be released movie, 'Da Vinci Code'.
The movie which is based on a book by the same title shows Jesus in a totally different light than what has been portrayed in the Gospels and taught in the Church.
Slated to be released worldwide on May 19th, this movie can influence the many unsuspecting viewers, who cannot sift fact from fiction.
We are facing an attack on the Church, the Defender of the Truth. The Archbishop appeals the faithful "not to remain silent against what comes across as a diabolical scheme to destabilize the very foundations on which Christian faith is based as well as to undermine the vital structures that sustain humanity on earth."
However, such schemes do not work for long and ultimately only the Eternal Truth shall prevail, he added.