"Many Christians from different backgrounds and sensibilities were anxious about the release of the film of 'The Da Vinci Code,' directed by Ron Howard," the group stated in a communiqué today.
"However, far from being a cinema masterpiece, the film is simply a popular entertainment," it contended. "While the early scenes set us on an exciting treasure hunt, the wordiness of the drawn-out twists of the later part of the film will disappoint many cinema-goers."
"The novel attempted to persuade its readers [with] some dubious hypotheses and some mumbo-jumbo theories," Signis observed. "The film wants rather to please everyone and not upset them too much.
"The writers have added quite a number of dialogue exchanges which downplay the more controversial statements of the novel about the Church, the divinity of Jesus, the role of Mary Magdalene and even Opus Dei."