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21st Sep 2018

Irish religious organisation to take Da Vinci Code publishers to High Court

Kate Demolder

Dan Brown

Dialogue Ireland is a registered charity and accepts donations through its website.

Religious organisation Dialogue Ireland has confirmed that they are taking the publishers of Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code to the High Court, as they claim they’ve been defamed in the author’s most recent book.

Dialogue Ireland refers to themselves as an “independent trust that works to promote awareness and understanding of religious issues and cultism in Ireland.”

In a mission statement on the Dialogue Ireland website, it says that they are: “Motivated by the inalienable right to religious freedom, Dialogue Ireland is an independent Trust that seeks to promote people’s freedom to make informed choices about religious, spiritual and philosophical beliefs.”

Origin – Brown’s latest novel –  features a character who references the group in a passage discussing opposition to the Palmarian Church.

Entirely set in Spain, Origin is the fifth instalment in his Robert Langdon series, following Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, and Inferno.

The Palmarian Church is a highly secretive far-right Spanish sect that broke away from the Catholic Church and has declared a series of its own ‘Popes’. It’s estimated there are approximately 300 members of the Palmarian sect in Ireland with only around 2,000 members worldwide.

On YouTube you can find a video of the first Palmarian pope, Gregory XVII, who died in 2005, experiencing a vision in 2001. He kneels, bowing on the floor of his basilica, surrounded by prelates in towering mitres.

A number of onlookers claim this is one of a number of hoaxes that the Church indulges in.

Director and Trustee of the Dialogue Ireland Trust Mark Garde has announced his intentions to take The Random House publishing group to the High Court.

“I would confirm that defamation proceedings have today been issued on behalf of Dialogue Ireland Trust against Random House Group, the publishers of Origin by Dan Brown,” Paul Tweed, Garde’s solicitor wrote in a statement published on the Dialogue Ireland website.

“In the absence of satisfactory proposals from the publishers, our instructions are to vigorously progress these proceedings to a hearing before the High Court at the earliest opportunity.”

In a number of blog posts on the Dialogue Ireland website, members of the Palmarian Church have been deemed ‘extremist’.

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