A nun is protesting outside Lincoln Cathedral over the filming of the movie of controversial bestselling book the Da Vinci Code.
Dan Brown wrote the Da Vinci Code
The Dean of Lincoln, the Very Reverend Alec Knight, allowed the filmmakers into Lincoln Cathedral.
Sister Mary Michael, who is protesting, believes the Dean was wrong.
Here we present their opposing views.
THE DEAN OF LINCOLN
It's fiction. It's been attacked as blasphemous because it argues the notion that Jesus' humanity included an element of sexuality.
My view is that the book isn't blasphemous, it doesn't denigrate God in any
way, but it is speculative, far fetched and heretical.
Lincoln Cathedral is acting as Westminster Cathedral for the film
It has clearly touched the public imagination, and the Church needs to open
up a debate about it rather than throw one's hands up and walk away from it.
It does need to be taken seriously - what is it that has attracted so much
I think the Church ought to grasp the opportunity that such an event gives
it to come out and tell the truth.
We should say, `let's have a look at the facts, let's examine the
The evidence is not conclusive either way, but much more in favour of Jesus
being a celibate.
I think God speaks to human beings in all sorts of ways. He speaks through material things as well as through directly spiritual things.
SISTER MARY MICHAEL
Jesus spoke the truth, especially at the Last Supper when he said: 'This is my body, this is my blood'.
Sister Mary believes the church was wrong to accept money
I think that the Bishop and Dean and the Church should stand up for the
They have a muddled view which they are implying is acceptable because they
are allowing it (the filming) in the cathedral.
I think that he is quibbling with words and any rationalist can do it.
I can understand why people are reading it, I know it is a fiction and
probably a brilliant book, but this is not about love, this is a mystery.
It is not the truth and the truth would be far more beneficial.
The Church should not be accepting money for something that is not a true
story. They should be praying more, and then the money would come in.
To a believer, any believer, what is happening is blasphemous.