Four years ago, the novel the Da Vinci Code was a runaway best seller. It set records everywhere and generated countless conversations. The novel…did you catch that…NOVEL fascinated readers but a large proportion of them evidently didn’t know the definition of “novel.” Time after time, I would receive telephone calls or people would meet me and ask me, “Bishop, is this all true?” I would have to remind them that it is a well written novel written for entertainment.
Since our collective memories are on the weak side, the Da Vinci Code is fading into oblivion but may soon be resurrected by the appearance of a new film coming out entitled “There Be Dragons.” This movie will endeavor to present the movement, Opus Dei, in a bright light and in a much more positive context. It is directed by Roland Joffé who describes himself as a wobbly agnostic. Joffé, however, is assisted in its production by two strong members of Opus Dei and their presence will certainly be of great influence in the movie.
Opus Dei began in Spain during that country’s civil war and it has always operated in a rather secretive and mysterious manner. It seems that most people who get to know it, experience it or had dealings with it react in one of two extreme ways. They are strongly supportive and see it as a great source of strength in the life of the Church, or they are horrified and withdrawn and see it as a manipulative church within the Church. Since the movie is being produced by people from both sides, it should be very interesting indeed.