Posted May 22, 2006
Catholics not swayed by 'Da Vinci Code,'
according to poll
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- According to a poll released May 15, American Catholics
aren't likely to be swayed by the claims made in the novel "The Da Vinci
A nationwide telephone survey of U.S. Catholics found that 42 percent
intend to "seek the truth" -- one of the catch phrases in the book and in
promotions for the film version set to open May 19 -- by studying the Bible
In the poll more people said they would consult the Bible than
any other source.
According to the survey, two-thirds of Catholics who were
familiar with "The Da Vinci Code" story did not believe the book's premise
that leaders of the Catholic Church understand the truth as portrayed in the
novel but are suppressing it.
Just 12 percent said they believed the book
rather than church officials.
Another 21 percent said they were unsure about
the claims in the book.
Among other things the novel contends Jesus Christ
was married to Mary Magdalene and fathered a child.
The poll of 1,049
Catholics nationwide -- a Le Moyne College/Zogby International/Contemporary
Catholic Trends survey -- was conducted May 2-10.