The Catholic Church is pissed off (excuse my blasphemy) with Dan Brown's world bestseller The Da Vinci Code. It’s so good as a read that I saw friends, who usually looked at comics only, picked it up for a perusal. A cardinal condemned the book as “an absurd distortion of history, saying it was full of cheap lies and Catholic bookstores should take it off their shelves.”
Helloooo, your Grace, it’s supposed to be just fiction. Dan Brown ought to send a thank-you note to the Vatican to thank those uptight cardinals for the special publicity.
Now, the Pope has waded in against another book – J.K. Rowling’s best selling Harry Potter series. He believes that the Harry Potter books would “subtly seduce young readers and distort Christianity in the soul before it can develop properly.“.
Will the Pope reinstall the Index Librorum Prohibitorum with a view towards the books of these two authors? Will he bring back Excommunication? ;-)