The sad thing, Thomas, is that there are people who actually believed the movie's perspective on this book. I vividly remember going to church one Sunday morning with my cousin. She saw the movie the evening before, and genuinely believed the Vatican was hiding this book from the people in order to keep them under its authority, etc., etc. It was a while before she realised that you can find it online and buy it at any decent Barnes and Noble and that the movie was a crock. Granted, she's a bit nuts at times, but there are people who actually buy into this garbage.
I did like Patricia Arquette (in this movie) and Gabriel Byrne, though.
Not to quibble or to defend "Stigmata" as other than the work of fiction which it is, but an interesting plot detail in the movie was that the "missing" Gospel of Thomas text was in the original Aramaic
, as spoken by Our Lord Himself.
To my knowledge, there is no extant text of "Thomas" from ancient manuscripts other than in Greek and in Coptic ...
So an Aramaic text would be quite a find (... although probably with less dramatic consequences than in the movie)!
I liked the words of the wise old Vatican linguist, that everyone who encountered Christ on earth had a different experience of him... might be a grain of Truth in that, perhaps useful for reading the Canonical Gospels and other scriptures.
If someone were to take the movie itself as other than what it is or was intended to be, perhaps (as you hinted) this may have more to do with the person than with the film?
Anywho, Byrne & Arquette are