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.
This is the bones of the Da Vinci Code as I understand it.
It’s laughably false. The “Priory of Sion” is so secret, that the files were held in public record and the trickster who created them (and purported to be a member of the group) explicitly pointed out their existence to the investigator who “found” them.
That alone should have clued him in.
Although many came to believe it to be the most influential cabal in Western history, the Priory of Sion has been exposed as a ludibrium created in 1961 by Pierre Plantard, a false pretender to the French throne. The evidence presented in support of its historical existence and role prior to 1956 was discovered to have been forged and then planted in various locations around France by Plantard and his accomplices. Nevertheless, many conspiracy theorists persist in believing that the Priory of Sion is a 1000-year-old secret society which conceals a subversive secret.
The Priory of Sion myth has been exhaustively debunked by journalists and scholars as one of the great hoaxes of the 20th century. However, some skeptics have expressed concern that the proliferation and popularity of books, websites and films inspired by this hoax have contributed to the problem of conspiracy theories, pseudohistory, superstition and other confusions becoming more mainstream. Others are troubled by the romantic reactionary ideology promoted in these works.
Anyway, it’d be a good measure of just how truthful (or biased against Christianity) your local MSM outfit is as to how the portray this movie. I’m guessing that most will fall a long way short.