It was disappointing to learn that the Rome Diocese didn’t even bother to read the script for the film Angels and Demons before denying Ron Howard permission to shoot scenes inside two churches in Rome’s historic center.
“Normally, we read the script, but this time it was not necessary,” Monsignor Marco Fibbi, spokesman for the Rome Diocese, told the Ansa Italian News Agency. “The name Dan Brown was enough.” Brown is the author of The Da Vinci Code, a best-selling novel that drew the ire of the Catholic Church. Angels and Demons is the prequel to the book.
Clearly, the Diocese has the right to determine what goes on inside its churches, but it also has a responsibility to not to prejudge anyone, regardless of what they may have done in the past. After all, isn’t that what Jesus taught?