SOUTH BEND — NewGroup Media, a South Bend communications company, will produce a documentary based on Dan Brown’s best-selling novel "The Da Vinci Code" for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
"Jesus De-coded: Catholic Perspective on the ‘Da Vinci Code,’ " scheduled to air nationally in April 2006 on NBC — just before release of the Ron Howard-directed studio film starring Tom Hanks — will look at the Roman Catholic Church’s position on issues raised in the novel.
"We feel sometimes that the material (in the book) is presented in a way that is speculative about the life of Jesus," says Manis Calco, director of communications for the USCCB in Washington, DC. "This certainly is a chance for us to put forth our own teachings."[Source]
And here is just another example of a spokesman saying mushy things. "We feel sometimes that the material (in the book) is presented in a way that is speculative about the life of Jesus," Feel? Sometimes? Denying the Divinity of Jesus, claiming he had children with Mary Madeline, and claiming that the Catholic Church is not only a hoax but that it burned 5,000 women at the stake only invokes feelings sometimes about the speculative nature?
As for the film I hope that they might get people like Carl E. Olson, Sandra Miesel, or Amy Welborn involved in the project to ensure that the truth is presented with clarity.