Vatican to Tom Hanks: Bitch, please

The Catholic Church has refused to grant the Da Vinci Code sequel permission to shoot scenes in two Roman churches.

A spokesperson for the Catholic Church said they had immediately declined the requests to film in Santa Maria del Popolo and Santa Maria della Vittoria churches because the movies challenge Catholic beliefs.

Church official Monsignor Marco Fibbi said: “It’s a film that treats religious issues in a way that contrasts with common religious sentiment. We would be helping them create a work that might well be beautiful but that does not conform to our views.”

Hey, the Church is throwing them a bone already by suggesting that the stupid sequel to a stupid movie of a stupid book might turn out to be a thing of beauty.

I can think of only one draw Santa Maria della Vittoria holds for this production: Bernini’s The Ecstasy of St. Teresa. It’s a famously sensual representation of St. Teresa’s vision of being pierced by an angel’s lance. Then there are the guys in the opera boxes on both sides of the chapel watching her.

Doubtless the folks who brought you the theory that Mary Magdalene and Jesus were married and the Church supressed it to keep women down would find Teresa’s ecstasy all sorts of relevant.

Santa Maria del Popolo is one of my favorite churches. I used to hang out in it often waiting for my friends who were always, always late meeting up at Piazza del Popolo. It has 2 Caravaggi (The conversion on the way to Damascus and the Crucifixion of Saint Peter), Pinturicchio frescoes, and a really cool tomb with a shrouded skeleton welcoming you when you first walk in.

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Comment by Dina
2008-06-21 16:24:03

Good decision, Vatican.
I can see why you’d like to hang out in Santa Maria del Popolo church. Your links and pictures are wondrous. Someday I will see Rome, Deo volente.
Thank you for this post, and all the others.

Comment by livius drusus
2008-06-24 08:55:51

You must go to Rome! It’s just a hop, skip and a jump from where you are. Lovely boat ride too. :yes:

Comment by Dina
2008-06-24 17:11:12

It IS a lovely boat ride. When I made aliyah to Israel in 1968 I flew to Germany, took a train to Italy, and sailed out of Genoa on the good ship Enotria. Seven days to Haifa.
So I still haven’t seen Rome, sigh….

Comment by livius drusus
2008-07-02 11:11:12

My parents moved to Rome in 1968! I wonder if you passed them en route. :cool:

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