Catholics 'Will Enjoy' Da Vinci Prequel: Howard
Director defends Angels & Demons from 'smear campaign'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 21, 2009 5:43 AM CDT
Ron Howard arrives at the Directors Guild of America Awards on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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(Newser) – Ron Howard wants to make something clear: He is not anti-Catholic, and neither is his upcoming film, Angels & Demons. The beleaguered prequel to the similarly controversial Da Vinci Code is under fire from the Catholic League, and Howard responds to the latest “silly and mean-spirited work of propaganda” on the Huffington Post: “I believe Catholics, including most in the hierarchy of the Church, will enjoy the movie.”

In the movie, “Professor Robert Langdon teams up with the Catholic Church to thwart a vicious attack against the Vatican. What, exactly, is anti-Catholic about that?” Howard asks. He issues a challenge to detractors to see the film before judging, adding, “I have respect for Catholics and their Church, and I believe Angels & Demons treats the Church with respect—even a degree of reverence—for its traditions and beliefs.”