Cardinal Arinze on the da Vinci Code

He’s fired up:

“Those who blaspheme Christ and get away with it are exploiting the Christian readiness to forgive and to love even those who insult us. There are some other religions which if you insult their founder they will not be just talking. They will make it painfully clear to you.”

And even better, although I haven’t the foggiest idea how he thinks this will work:

“Sometimes it is our duty to do something practical. So it is not I who will tell all Christians what to do but some know legal means which can be taken in order to get the other person to respect the rights of others,” Arinze said.

“This is one of the fundamental human rights: that we should be respected, our religious beliefs respected, and our founder Jesus Christ respected.”

UPDATE: Looks like Gerald Augustinus got there before me, and has a good explanation of what the Cardinal is talking about with respect to lawsuits.  Evidently, in Europe, free speech isn’t quite as guaranteed…

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2 Responses to “Cardinal Arinze on the da Vinci Code”


  1. 1 Chris Nau May 8, 2006 at 12:43 am

    I like Arinze’s veiled reference to Islam. This sort of movie can only happen because Christianity truly is a peaceful religion.

  2. 2 Edmund C. May 8, 2006 at 8:40 am

    Yeah, it was painfully obvious what he was referring to…

    But, I wonder why this sort of movie can happen. Is it really because ours is such a peaceful religion? Or, is it because for most of our coreligionists, it is a religion that has lost its convictions?


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