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Mel Gibson: $8M More to Private Church
FOX ^ | 12.09.06 | Roger Friedman

Posted on 12/09/2006 11:19:28 PM PST by Coleus

Mel Gibson: $8M More to Private Church

You may recall Gibson telling the officer who arrested him that he “owned half of Malibu.”  Well, not quite. But as I reported in this space last February, following up on a New York Times report by Christopher Noxon, Gibson has been building a religious retreat in Malibu for some time.  Holy Family is a Catholic church that isn’t recognized by any archdiocese.   Instead, it follows beliefs counter to the 1965 Vatican II Conference, which among other things, absolved Jews of Christ’s death. Instead, Holy Family Catholic Church adheres to 16th century Catholic values.

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According to a September tax filing obtained by this column, Gibson put $8 million more into his A.P. Reilly Foundation in 2005. That’s the tax-exempt entity named for his late mother and designed to run his privately built and owned Holy Family Catholic Church in Malibu.  The most recent filing is just a registration and doesn’t contain line items. Gibson, according to a source at the California Department of Justice, is late filing his annual tax forms for A.P. Reilly. But the registration indicates revenues in 2005 of a little over $8 million, bringing Holy Family’s assets to $22 million. That’s not bad for a church with just 70 members.

This is a sizeable jump from 2004, when the foundation’s assets were listed at just over $14 million. Gibson’s 2005 contribution was substantially larger, too, since in 2004 he donated $5 million. The big upswing seems due to profits from “The Passion of the Christ,” the hit movie that Gibson financed.  The A.P. Reilly Foundation, according to public records, started buying property in Malibu in 1977, when it purchased a 9-acre plot for $51,000.

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TOPICS: Catholic
KEYWORDS: antisemite; apostate; apostatecatholic; excatholic; gibson; melgibson; notacatholic; sspx

1 posted on 12/09/2006 11:19:31 PM PST by Coleus
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To: Coleus

Seems to me that Gibson is as much of a heretic as the other roque "Catholic" churches that have women and married priests.


2 posted on 12/09/2006 11:22:28 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
Seems to me it is money he made, not begged off of poor people!
3 posted on 12/09/2006 11:48:22 PM PST by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ("Remember the Alamo, Goliad and WACO, It is Time for a new San Jacinto")
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To: dfwgator

It'll be a pity when his retreat drops off into the ocean...He should have built on the other side of the 'fault'...


4 posted on 12/10/2006 2:15:57 AM PST by Iscool (Anybody tired??? I have a friend who says "Come unto me, and I'll give you rest"...)
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To: Coleus
Ah, I love the smell of Melology in the morning...it smells like...apostasy!

There's a Malibu Gibson named Mel
Who, though richer than God, lately fell
From Hollywood grace
("Much too Jewish a place!")
And his head up his ass doth now dwell.

5 posted on 12/10/2006 2:45:28 AM PST by snarks_when_bored
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To: Coleus

If the Catholic Church is and was unchanging for 2000 years, why is it a biggie that Mel just follows an older version. Doesn't the 16th Century church teach the same unchanging doctrines and can lead to salvation just as well as the new-fangled one? Or does Mel's church teach something beyond what the 16th Century RCC held to?

What does not being recognized by an Archdiocese indicate?

Asked out of ignorance...


6 posted on 12/10/2006 7:25:42 AM PST by Ottofire (O great God of highest heaven, Glorify Your Name through me)
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To: Ottofire

It teaches the same doctrine, just in a different way. That's my opinion, not an official position.

There are many of us who find the new Mass to be less inspiring than what was done pre-Vatican II.


7 posted on 12/10/2006 7:31:18 AM PST by AlaninSA ("Beware the fury of a patient man." - John Dryden)
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To: Ottofire

Mel is a Catholic who has a few splinters in his eye. On the other hand, so many of our clergy and laity have beams and other things not only in their eyes but other parts of their body. And not only that, they insist it is OK. Making Mel the subject of rhyming humilation on FR is very uncharitable if coming from another Christian.


8 posted on 12/10/2006 7:57:27 AM PST by Piers-the-Ploughman (Just say no to circular firing squads.)
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To: Coleus

Good for him! God bless Mr. Gibbson and his family and keep them safe. PS Apocalypto was awesome........


9 posted on 12/10/2006 8:07:05 AM PST by John Philoponus
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To: Ottofire
What does not being recognized by an Archdiocese indicate?

It indicates a lack of obidience and a great deal of pride.

10 posted on 12/10/2006 8:25:46 AM PST by mockingbyrd (Good heavens! What women these Christians have-----Libanus)
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To: Ottofire
What does not being recognized by an Archdiocese indicate?

It indicates a lack of obedience and a great deal of pride.

11 posted on 12/10/2006 8:26:23 AM PST by mockingbyrd (Good heavens! What women these Christians have-----Libanus)
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To: Coleus

I'm afraid if I lived in Mahoney's LA diocese, I'd be going SSPX too.


12 posted on 12/10/2006 8:33:18 AM PST by old and tired
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To: Piers-the-Ploughman

--Making Mel the subject of rhyming humilation on FR is very uncharitable if coming from another Christian.

I agree! That is why I assume this is not really addressed to me, but snarks_when_bored.

No harm done. :o)


13 posted on 12/10/2006 8:51:51 AM PST by Ottofire (O great God of highest heaven, Glorify Your Name through me)
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To: Coleus

Quote from the article: "...to the 1965 Vatican II Conference..."

Vatican II was a "Conference"? Gee, I always thought it was an ecumenical council!


14 posted on 12/10/2006 12:53:57 PM PST by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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To: Ottofire
If the Catholic Church is and was unchanging for 2000 years, why is it a biggie that Mel just follows an older version.

I think it's a biggie to this writer because he assumes that someone who calls himself a Catholic, but rejects Vatican II, is necessarily an anti-Semite. Some people are under the impression that it was official Catholic doctrine, prior to VC2, that Jews without distinction were "Christ-killers," and that VC2 changed that. That's untrue, but that's what they believe.

What does not being recognized by an Archdiocese indicate?

Mel's private "church" is irregular and in a state of schism. In terms of ecclesiastical governance, it has the same relationship to Rome as your Reformed Baptist church does: essentially none.

Unfortunately, were he to be in communion with Rome, he would be subject to Cardinal Mahony, which has its own set of problems. :-(

15 posted on 12/10/2006 2:05:20 PM PST by Campion ("I am so tired of you, liberal church in America" -- Mother Angelica, 1993)
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To: old and tired

you wrote: I'm afraid if I lived in Mahoney's LA diocese, I'd be going SSPX too.

Megadittos. If that's what every LA Catholic did, he'd be kicked upstairs to an obscure Vatican congregation. But they don't, so his influence and tolerance (?endorsement) of pervert priests and perversions have plagued the LA Church for years. Obviously I could be wrong, but "voting with our feet" would give the Pope the strength and conviction to shake things up very quickly.


16 posted on 12/10/2006 3:12:37 PM PST by Piers-the-Ploughman (Just say no to circular firing squads.)
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To: mockingbyrd

It indicates a lack of obidience and a great deal of pride.

>>In extreme times, it's a matter of necessity. The L.A. Archdiocese is about as Catholic as the local Episcopal diocese.

Attending one of Roger Mahony's parishes could cost you your faith. Liberal "Catholics" aren't Catholic to begin with.


17 posted on 12/10/2006 6:45:54 PM PST by Joseph DeMaistre (There's no such thing as relativism, only dogmatism of a different color)
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To: Ottofire
What does not being recognized by an Archdiocese indicate?

Technically, it simply means that it's a private chapel.

18 posted on 12/10/2006 8:48:05 PM PST by Dajjal (See my FR homepage for new essay about Ahmadinejad.)
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To: Joseph DeMaistre

I attended mass for four years in Mahoney's diocese.

I refused to abandon Christ and offered it up. There are perfectly licit, reverent masses to be found in the Archdiocese. Dumping one group who refuses to follow the Church for another that refuses to follow the Church isn't beneficial to anyone.


19 posted on 12/10/2006 9:10:08 PM PST by mockingbyrd (Good heavens! What women these Christians have-----Libanus)
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To: vladimir998

How could Vatican II be an ecumenical council when no representatives from the Eastern Orthodox Church participated?


20 posted on 12/12/2006 12:28:19 AM PST by Tamar1973 (Making every thread a Star Wars thread, one post at a time!!!)
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To: Tamar1973

Simple. Ecumenical councils are held by the Catholic Church -- not by the Eastern Orthodox churches. The Eastern Orthodox know they cannot hold such a council. Only the Catholic Church can.


21 posted on 12/12/2006 4:09:05 AM PST by vladimir998 (Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ. St. Jerome)
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