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Filming tosh at Lincoln Cathedral?

From Mrs Rosemary Stevens
Sir, — I must take issue with Katherine Mezzacappa’s letter ( Letters, 9 September) condemning the venue of Lincoln Cathedral for filming part of The Da Vinci Code.

Unlike Mrs Mezzacappa, I didn’t find the book "tosh". I found it fascinating, thought-provoking, and a really good read.

I have been to Lincoln Cathedral, and look forward to seeing its appearance in the film. When Lincoln Cathedral was built, ordinary people like Mrs Mezzacappa would have supported it financially, in a way that people don’t now do; so if the Dean can help his fabric fund in this way, good luck to him.
ROSEMARY STEVENS
48 Thurlstone Road
Ruislip, Middlesex
HA4 0BT

From the Revd Patrick Morrow
Sir, — It is sad that Mrs Mezzacappa and family couldn’t get into Lincoln Cathedral when The Da Vinci Code was being filmed, and experienced such rudeness.

She might like to know, though, that the filming sparked a lot of debate among those of us who live in Lincoln, on matters of faith and history. For example, the cathedral joined with the university to offer a well-attended day conference, to discuss Da Vinci, conspiracy . . . and redemption. Yes, redemption.

I am sure Mrs Mezzacappa is right, and most readers of the book will not go on to read the Gospels. But if (say) a tenth do? I am glad the cathedral has played its part in taking on and counteracting the book’s "tosh".
PATRICK MORROW
69 Western Crescent
Lincoln LN6 7TA

From Mr Leonard Franchi
Sir, — As a Roman Catholic subscriber, I look forward every week to your eclectic mix of articles and letters on all many topics.

Nevertheless, I was perplexed at Katherine Mezzacappa’s references to Opus Dei as "sinister". My long experience of Opus Dei in the Catholic Church is one of seeing people from all walks of life who are devoted to Christ. Attendance at daily mass and the use of the scriptures in prayer, study, and spiritual reading are components of the life of its members, as well as participation in numerous social projects throughout the world which are offered to people of all creeds and none.

Mrs Mezzacappa may not wish to be a member of Opus Dei herself; but please show Christian understanding and charity towards your brothers and sisters in Christ who are doing what they can to build the Kingdom of God on this earth.
LEONARD FRANCHI
8 Queens Way, Alexandria
Dunbartonshire
G83 0AT

 

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