"60 Minutes" unimpressed with Code scholarship

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 01, 2006

In The Da Vinci Code, novelist Dan Brown spins a long story about the "Priory of Sion," an alleged secret society that has been guarding secrets across the centuries.

Interesting stuff, huh? The people at "60 Minutes" thought so, and the investigators from CBS-TV decided to probe the background of the Priory of Sion.

They did indeed find a good story. But it wasn't about a secret society. In fact the exact words used by "60 Minutes" could be applied to many other aspects of The Da Vinci Code. What the TV journalists uncovered was "not some ancient, mysterious treasure-- but good old-fashioned fraud."

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  • Posted by: rpp - May. 03, 2006 3:56 PM ET USA

    To answer BostonBlackey question as to how this book is considered fact is two-fold. First, the first word in the book is "Fact" caliming that art, history and religious rites described are accurate. Secondly, this book tells people what they want to hear, that the Church is based on a lie and therefore has no moral authority and that God is a fiction invented by power-hungry MEN (not women) to control the mases. This way, they can ignore all morality. Soon child rape and murder will bo OK!

  • Posted by: - May. 02, 2006 9:13 AM ET USA

    No dedicated Catholics will be taken in by this deception nor will they read a book cleverly used by Satan as entertainment to open the door to his powers of suggestion. But after over 40 years in a spiritual wasteland without doctrine and discipline, undermanned "Catholics" have lost their defense against him.

  • Posted by: - May. 02, 2006 8:16 AM ET USA

    "How did this poorly written book with such preposterous story lines ever become thought of as factual?" Its a testament to the compelling witness and catechesis of that inimitable "hapless bench of bishops". Some fraternal correction is in order. A Mitre is a terrible thing to waste.

  • Posted by: - May. 02, 2006 7:45 AM ET USA

    May I suggest that my 2004 Bibliography on Breaking the Da Vinci Code posted on Amazon went over this ground in more detail, and that CBS & Rome are "johnny-come-latelys" to this well plowed territory. See also my recent effort on Opus Dei which was echoed on the National Geographic Channel last week. Ah yes, a prophetess is without honor . . . . AMDG

  • Posted by: Sterling - May. 01, 2006 11:09 PM ET USA

    Yikes! All you have to do is touch the wrong key, and your comment gets "sent" - even before you're finished. I was trying to say that I thought it was very clear that the report on 60 Minutes indeed focused on the fraudulent records of a secret society, not on the fraud perpetrated by a priest who was soliciting funds for masses he never said.

  • Posted by: unum - May. 01, 2006 9:29 PM ET USA

    There is nothing wrong with "The Da Vinci Code", an entertaining read. But, there is a lot wrong with Dan Brown, who claimed extensive research and accuracy to promote the book. Dan Brown is a liar, and there is a lot more evidence than the 60 Minutes segment to prove it.

  • Posted by: - May. 01, 2006 9:07 PM ET USA

    Brown's book is fiction. He said it was fiction, the publisher used to advertise it as fiction, B&N had it in the fiction section. How did this poorly written book with such preposterous story lines ever become thought of as factual?

  • Posted by: rpp - May. 01, 2006 3:58 PM ET USA

    But I don't understand. Dan Brown is such a "meticulous researcher." After all he I mean a secret organization that has been around for 900 years won't leave much of a trace. This must be another smear job by 60 Minutes just like the one they did no Bush just before the election. (Yes I am being sarcastic.)

  • Posted by: Quadratus - May. 01, 2006 3:32 PM ET USA

    That the Da Vinci code is pure fiction is clear. That it is unscholarly is clear. That it uses and manipulates reality and fraudulently uses it to attack the Catholic Church is also clear. Unfortunately there will be countless Catholics who will swallow these lies whole, given our current state of doctrinal ignorance. So many take Hollywood’s propaganda at face value in such a pathetic way. The media is the true Magisterium of today and millions follow it blindly in ignorance.

  • Posted by: - May. 01, 2006 2:54 PM ET USA

    Alas, the damage is already done to the minds of millions of the common people. That's how Luther and Galileo found so much success: spreading lies to the common people.