15 May 2006, 13:16
Moldavian bishops: watching Da Vinci Code is apostasy from Christ
Kishinev, May 15, Interfax - Orthodox bishops in Moldavia led by Metropolitan Vladimir of Kishinev and Moldova have condemned the upcoming showing of Da Vinci Code in cinemas in Kishinev.
‘To show this film in Moldova is to incite religious hatred towards Orthodox Christians who the recent census has shown constitute 93,4% of the Moldavian population’, they have stated in a message, the text of which has been conveyed Interfax on Monday.
The bishops believe the distribution of Da Vinci Code in Moldova means none other then a shameless insult at all Christians, disrespect for fundamental values of religious identity of the native population of the country and opposition to everything that makes up the foundation of our society’.
‘It is not only a shameless lie that is played on the screen, but a mockery at our Lord Jesus Christ. We confess Christ as perfect God and perfect man - one without sin, free from any inclination towards sin and inner temptation’, the bishops have stated in their appeal.
The film based on Dan Brown’s book, the Moldavian bishops believe, is ‘an open insult at the Church and all Christians’, as ‘distributors call people to amuse themselves by watching a mockery of the most sacred feelings of Christians’.
‘The participation of a Christian in the upcoming show means apostasy from Christ, a serious spiritual perversion and solidarity with mortal enemies of the Church of Christ’, the statement reads.
The appeal is signed by Metropolitan Vladimir of Kishinev and Moldova, bishop Justinian of Tiraspol and Dubossary, Bishop Anatoly of Cahul and Comrat, Bishop Dormedont of Edinet and Briceni, and Bishop Peter of Nyspory.