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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 Code."

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 more closely.

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.