The Danish Minister of Culture, Mr. Niels Matthiasen, has answered criticism over statements he made?
The Danish Minister of Culture, Mr. Niels Matthiasen, has answered criticism over statements he made in relation to a proposed film on the sex life of Jesus Christ. Replying to the condemnation of the film by Pope Paul VI, Mr. Matthiasen was quoted as saying the Catholic Church had oppressed the people and kept them in ignorance for centuries. He was also quoted as saying that the Church had helped Franco to power in Pain, and questioned the Church's right of criticise.
The film has aroused considerable opposition in Denmark, not only form militant Christians but also people normally indifferent to religion. The project has been promised a grant of 600,000 Krone ('GBP' 43,000 sterling) form the Danish Film Institute.
The film called "The Love Affairs of Jesus," has also been criticised by other countries. In Rome, a car outside the Danish Embassy was hit by a bomb, and letters protesting against the film are pouring in from many parts of the world.