A new movie called "Bloodline" purports itself to be a documentary that claims to have found evidence that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married and their "bloodline" has been kept secret by the Catholic Church and a group called the "Priory of Sion." (NB's Scott Whitlock and Mark Finkelstein have written on this as well.)
But the truth is that the film's premise is based on a complete fabrication. The "Priory of Sion" was founded in 1950's France as a hoax by a known trickster. Yet the group's fictions continue to be forwarded by those despise Christianity and seek to degrade the Church. The Priory and its related claims have been debunked over and over and over and over and over and over again.
Yet in its zeal to leave no stone unturned in defaming traditional Catholics and Christians, the Los Angeles Times published a review on Friday (5/16/08), and it praised the film as "an ambitious, sharply intriguing documentary." The film's ignorant reviewer, Gary Goldstein, also identifies the Priory of Sion as "the church's shadowy offshoot." (No, it isn't.) Goldstein then concludes his review, "[The film's director] goes the distance to posit that maybe it's not the proposed Jesus-Mary 'bloodline' that needs defending but, rather, Christian doctrine itself."
Good ... grief.
Shame also to ABC and its affiliate ABC7 (Los Angeles) for lending credence to this bogus film.
Would the Times or ABC allow itself to publish such egregious falsehoods about another religion? Doubt it!