Murder in the Cathedral
Cathedrals still have their uses in Europe. They make wonderful settings for fantasy combat video games, like the PS3 game 'Resistance: Fall of Man'. The Bishop of Manchester Cathedral, in which an episode is set, writes a letter complaining that the concept is sacrilegious.
We, the Dean and Canons of Manchester Cathedral understand that the interior of our building has been used, it would appear, without our permission, in the PS3 game 'Resistance: Fall of Man'.
During the game players are asked to assume the role of an army sergeant and win a battle in the Cathedral. We have seen screenshots of the game in play showing the interior of the Cathedral with the player's gun ready to fight; soldiers can be seen elsewhere in the nave taking aim. The video footage of the Cathedral battle on 'YouTube' has shocked and dismayed us beyond words and can only be described as virtual desecration.
We are shocked to see a place of worship, prayer, learning and heritage being presented to the youth of today as a location where guns can be fired.
Well it wouldn't be the first time. Click on "more" to see recent examples.
The Church of the Nativity was recently the scene of an actual gunbattle.
Mosques such as the one in Mecca and frequently in Iraq are also the scenes of actual fighting by factions or US troops assaulting positions. Sometimes they are even the object of tank fire and air strikes.