April 21, 2009
Ron Howard, director of â€œAngels & Demons,â€ the movie version of Dan Brownâ€™s book by that name, attacked Catholic League president Bill Donohue yesterday on the Huffington Post.
Referring to a booklet on the movie that Donohue authored, â€œAngels & Demons: More Demonic than Angelic,â€ (click here) Howard wrote: â€œMr. Donohueâ€™s booklet accuses us of lying when our movie trailer says the Catholic Church ordered a brutal massacre to silence the Illuminati centuries ago. It would be a lie if we had ever suggested our movie is anything other than a work of fictionâ€¦.â€ Howard also said that â€œmost in the hierarchy of the Churchâ€ will enjoy his film; he denies being anti-Catholic.
Donohue responded today:
â€œDan Brown says in his book that the Illuminati are â€˜factualâ€™ and that they were â€˜hunted ruthlessly by the Catholic Church.â€™ In the filmâ€™s trailer, Tom Hanks, who plays the protagonist Robert Langdon, says â€˜The Catholic Church ordered a brutal massacre to silence them forever.â€™ Howard concurs: â€˜The Illuminati were formed in the 1600s. They were artists and scientists like Galileo and Bernini, whose progressive ideas threatened the Vatican.â€™
â€œAll of this is a lie. The Illuminati were founded in 1776 and were dissolved in 1787. It is obvious that Galileo and Bernini could not possibly have been members: Galileo died in 1647 and Bernini passed away in 1680. More important, the Catholic Church never hunted, much less killed, a single member of the Illuminati. But this hasnâ€™t stopped Brown from asserting that â€˜It is a historical fact that the Illuminati vowed vengeance against the Vatican in the 1600s.â€™ (My emphasis.)
â€œHoward must be delusional if he thinks Vatican officials are going to like his propagandaâ€”they denied him the right to film on their grounds. Moreover, we know from a Canadian priest who hung out with Howardâ€™s crew last summer in Rome (dressed in civilian clothes) just how much they hate Catholicism. Itâ€™s time to stop the lies and come clean.â€