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Angels and Demons, with its Vatican-centred conspiracy, has created somewhat of a backlash from the Catholic Church - both in Rome and the United States. Now, in a recent blog entry at The Huffington Post, directory Ron Howard has defended his upcoming movie, most particularly against recent polemics about the movie by Catholic League president Bill Donahue:
For a $5 donation to his organization, Mr. Donohue will send you his glossy new booklet (Angels & Demons: More Demonic Than Angelic), in which he writes that I and the people who made this thriller "do not hide their animus against all things Catholic."
He's been making these assertions for years, going back to the theatrical release of The Da Vinci Code. He stepped up his campaign more than a month ago with a series of press releases. And there he goes again, in a Daily News op-ed last Friday, saying that Dan Brown and I "have collaborated in smearing the Catholic Church...."
Let me be clear: neither I nor Angels & Demons are anti-Catholic. And let me be a little controversial: I believe Catholics, including most in the hierarchy of the Church, will enjoy the movie for what it is: an exciting mystery, set in the awe-inspiring beauty of Rome. After all, in Angels & Demons, Professor Robert Langdon teams up with the Catholic Church to thwart a vicious attack against the Vatican. What, exactly, is anti-Catholic about that?
Some really nice glove work from Ron Howard in the blog post, although Bill Donahue's the kind of guy who will stand there bruised and bleeding, telling his friends "you should see the other guy".