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March 3, 2010

Catholic Church Sues Columbia over '2012'

Rio's archdiocese upset over destruction of Christ statue in apocalypse movie

According to The National Post, Brazil's Catholic Church is suing Columbia Pictures for using unauthorized images of Rio's famous giant Christ statue in its disaster movie blockbuster 2012.

Columbia had requested to show the statue being destroyed by a giant wave, but Rio de Janeiro's archdiocese, which allegedly owns a copyright on the statue, apparently said no, according to their attorney, Claudine Dutra,

"The archdiocese refused the use of the religious symbol during pre-production of the movie, but Columbia Pictures did not respect the prohibition," she said. Dutra added that "many faithful have said they are shocked and offended by the images of the destruction of this sanctuary that the archdiocese wanted to preserve."

No word yet on whether anyone has sued Columbia for just making a lousy movie in the first place, costing millions of customers ten bucks.


lol someone should sue them for making a lousy movie

Shouldn't Dutra's quote read, "many faithful have said they are shocked and offended by the clergy diddling little boy"?

Perhaps you should get a clue, Kermit, if you believe that kind of horrible crime is confined to the Catholic Church, or that the majority of those kinds of cases even occur within it.

Please forgive me, Kermit! My previous post was directed at Gene Janowski.

So because abuse is happening in other churches it's okay for the Catholic Church. If other churches jumped in the lake, Dwight, would the Catholic Church do it? (Dealing with the church is like dealing with a child who just doesn't get it.) FYI, the percentage of abuse in areas outside the Catholic Church (including other denominations) is 1.5% while the percent of abuse within the Catholic Church is 8.9%. It's amazing that people would get upset because a worldwide landmark is depicted as crumbling at the end of the world along with the whole earth, yet still keep their head in the sand regarding child sexual abuse. Sorry, Dwight, but if you'd read any news reports after 1983 you'd realize that the Catholic is nothing more and nothing less than a pedophile organization.


I am not a Catholic, but I know that there ARE many within the Catholic Church that ARE INDEED outraged by the horrible abuses that have taken place. I think it is terribly unfair for you to make generalizations such as characterizing the entire Church as a pedophile organization.

Furthermore, your initial post was completely irrelevant to the topic of the article, and the tone of your second post (with statements such as, "dealing with the church is like dealing with a child who just doesn't get it,") leads me to believe that you have a rather negative prejudice against Christianity. Which makes me wonder, What are you doing on a blog for Christianity Today? Now if you are willing to enter a respectful conversation and truly listen to those who may have opinions different than yours, even if you don't agree with them, then you are most certainly welcome. But if your only intent is to make disparaging and hurtful comments, surely there must be more productive things you could be doing with your time. Life is too short to be going around being mean and hateful on the internet.

I don't feel I was being mean but the facts are there. Too many people cannot understand the scope of the abuse. I am a practicing Catholic and am involved with Dignity, a group of gay Catholics, so like many Catholics I am forced by the hierarchy to practice my Catholicism in exile. I love my Catholicism, however, I believe that there is no collation between Catholicism (and Christianity in general) as founded and defined by Jesus Christ and the Catholic Church, whose actual membership is not over 1 billion as the hierarchy claims but rather a limited membership (at this point 111 I believe) of those who have voting rights in the next conclave. Many of the clergy and bishops are papal lap dogs waiting for their loyalty to be rewarded with a red hat so they can become voting "members" of the Catholic Church. Catholicism will go on but the hierarchy is collapsing under its own weight and because of their refusal to grasp the reality of the situation there is no way they can survive. I love my Catholicism and I love Christianity so I stand by my convictions regarding the Catholic Church and feel there are more Catholics and other Christians who see the reality of the Vatican folly and not abandon their faith because of the sins of the few (eligible voting cardinals not abusers).

Everybody hates the Roman Catholic Church even those in it. It's too bad because the Catholic Church brought down communism thanks to the strong Polish believers. The mistakes made by the Church were made by people not the Church. As for the priests after the kiddies, where does a sex pervert go to get what they hunt, where the kids are, in churches, boy scouts, etc. And,these priests weren't in the Church for their faith in Christ, they were there for their needs. All the priests and ministers I've run into, you know, the majority, are not intersted in kids unless it's to make sure they attend Sunday School class and become future Christian adults. The RCC believes that each person can be saved, I think they now realize not everybody can be saved. Some people belong to the devil. That's a major change in the Church but it is a change. Other religions never change, they in today's world maintain their bad ideas. Give the Catholic some credit, better yet, study it's history. There are mistakes, it's made of people, but it has saved more people throughout it's history than not. And, I'm not Catholic but I give credit where credit is due.

I read in an VFX article that they were going to destroy a Muslim landmark but feared the Taliban/Terriost/ Al-Qaeda/Muslim people would react violently towards the film, so they then chose to destroy Rio's Christ statue instead.
I guess their choices were either:
Being sued or getting bomb threats :P
surely they had other options though...

Gene, sorry, your "facts" are wrong. Rates of abuse are about the same all over, as Protestant sociologist Philip Jenkins has noted (see this CT.com story).

But anyone who has the kind of knee-jerk reaction that you evidently do to the mere mention of the Catholic Church ("Catholic Church? Let's talk about sex scandals!") doesn't need facts to justify such animosity.

Original Anna, wow, what kind of hate bubble do you live in? Millions of us love the Catholic Church and wouldn't be anywhere else.

Ah Gene and Anna, perhaps your collective ire would be better directed at schools where Hofstra University research (as opposed to blind prejudice) reveals that children are 100 times more likely to be sexually predated on by teachers at your local public school than they are by priests.

Why all this hateful stuff in a Christian blog?

How would Jesus feel about all of this?

Jesus would be pleased that a least a few believers are faithful to His Word. If you would actually read the Bible, you would see a lot of what Jesus said, and if you saw it typed by someone else, you would call that "hateful". Jesus told the truth, and His followers will do the same if it will save some from the flame.

Jesus said: "Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn " 'a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law - 36a man's enemies will be the members of his own household. Matt 10:34-36

2Tim 3:12-17
In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, 13while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.