Skip to comments.Mel Gibson's Church Worth $42 Million
Posted on 10/21/2008 9:05:11 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
Mel Gibson has parked another almost $10 million in his Holy Family Catholic Church up in Malibu, California.
According to federal tax filings just made available online at guidestar.org, Mel now has a church with tax free assets of $42 million.
Thats a lot of worth for a congregation of less than 100 people. Among the churchs assets: art work listed at almost $500,000. Gibson lists three major expenses for 2007 including an architect and landscaper to help him keep building in and around the church. He also paid a law firm $69,000 for its services.
Holy Family is not recognized by the Catholic Church. And just to give you an idea of whats going on here, relatively: Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of New York listed its total assets at the end of 2006 as just $3.4 million. That group gives millions away every year in charity. If Gibsons church does the same its not reflected in the Holy Family tax returns. The $42 million seems more like a war chest.
Gibson is the single contributor to the church every year. He started building it several years ago for his father, Hutton Gibson, an avowed Holocaust denier and racist.
In 2006, Gibson himself was arrested for a DUI and spewed anti-Semitic, racist statements at police. The incident became a worldwide scandal.
Gibson is now shooting his first movie since the scandal, a film called Edge of Darkness. But that project has already had trouble when Robert DeNiro dropped out during the first week. He was replaced by Ray Winstone.
As for Hutton Gibson, its always good to keep track of him. He has a new website that opens with thunder and lightning illuminating Jesus on the cross, followed by the rubric: Defending the faith of our Fathers.
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Big deal. Al Gore’s Church Of Global Warming is worth a couple of billion.
Go Mel! ping
Good for Mr. Gibson!
gibson slam ping
Bravo? It also makes him one of the most charitable..but he giving it basically..to himself. I don’t think this is a great thing. whenever I see these over-the-top ornate Chuch’s with all the material trappings it gives me the willies. I’m not talking about big churches...but I just don’t think that’s what God has in mind. But what do I know..I’m a new Christian.
New Christians understand a great deal, they have not been tainted by people's legalism and judgments, but still have, and will hopefully will forever keep, their SoulFire burning. Do not doubt your insight.
A beautiful church or cathedral serves as a reflection of God’s glory on earth.
Since I was born Jewish, it's been a bit difficult for me...but I have felt no connection to the Jewish religion, and the people, for a very long time. And that's a hard thing for me to say. But I've felt nothing but love and acceptance and warmth from the Christian community and I plan on standing with Christians for the rest of my life.
Actually Gibson has been extremely generous with his money, even with the Catholic church which he and his father disagree with. He once visited a convent and left a large sum of money. It wasn’t the first time he has helped others.
Yet algore is one messiah I’d be happy to crucify.
Really? I thought the glory was in the souls of people that inhabit that space.
In American, we can worship in whatever way we believe(excluding immoral practices) and wherever we wish. Good on Mr. Gibson. It’s his right to spend his dime however and on whatever he wishes to.
Unlike the elite Communists in the media/Hollywood, Mr. Gibson is on the F list simply because he doesn’t worship at the altar of Cabala Scientology Gaia Mother/Father Bling Bling, lead by His Superficial Majesty O, with special consultant Deepak Chopra, and the YaYa Sisters. For them, Mr. Gibson has the audacity to think outside the box, so naturally, the WE attack him (DUI), and his family (dad’s a nazi lover).
Keep singin’, Roger. The choir’s listening.
I think Mel Gibson should press charges against Roger Friedman as a stalker. The guy has been after him ever since Mel dared to make The Passion of Christ. I can’t believe Fox News lets Friedman get away with this behavior.
“Since I was born Jewish, it’s been a bit difficult for me...but I have felt no connection to the Jewish religion, and the people, for a very long time. And that’s a hard thing for me to say. But I’ve felt nothing but love and acceptance and warmth from the Christian community and I plan on standing with Christians for the rest of my life.”
Actually, some years back, Robert Novak, the columnist, was on the same path as you. Born Jewish, felt no connection to the Jewish religion, and became a Catholic. Don’t know which Christian religion you chose, but he was very happy with his choice. Now that I think about him, I wonder how his brain tumor situation is going. I hope they are able to help him. For that matter, I wonder how Ted Kennedy is doing also. Haven’t heard anything about either of them recently. I’m off on tangents now. Good luck with Christianity!
I didn’t know that.
yes, Friedman is obsessed with Mel. In one of his columns he described how he drove up to Mel’s chapel to look around. He has a problem. The vengeance oozes out of him.
Of course, and God’s glory can be seen in the beautiful works of artists, sculptors and architects creating their best work for Him.
Add to this list Laura Ingraham.
Yes, God knows, and is in control. There is no obfuscation that can fool Him.
God bless you, he is happy you've come home.
Yes, but if their souls, inspired by the glory of our God, produce great works of art and architecture, should we turn away, or use them to bolster our own faith?
I’m Catholic, but brain-tumor free!
**Holy Family is not recognized by the Catholic Church**
Move on, folks.
“He started building it several years ago for his father, Hutton Gibson, an avowed Holocaust denier and racist.”
Uh, no, I don’t think so. Gibson funded a church in Pennsylvania or West Virginia for his dad - because that’s where his dad lived. Gibson, Sr. doesn’t live in Los Angeles. The author has conflated two different stories here. Gee, was that done just to be able to mention Gibson’s dad is a Holocaust denier?
You’re wrong on a couple of points:
1) Gibson is giving charity to about 100 people - all those who attend the church. Can you claim the same?
2) The church is not “over-the-top-ornate”. The cost of the church is directly related to the fact that it was built in Los Angeles (an incredibly expensive area). $500,000 for art is not as much as you might think.
I suggest that you, “a new Christian”, learn more about Christianity and charity before attacking those who have long known both however imperfectly.
New Christian? Praise the LORD! I am so happy for you!
It would be even better if the Sacrifice of the Mass took place inside! But, hey, no one says that a small storefront church, when that is all that the congregation can afford, does not give glory to God! In some places, there is no church building at all, and, among Catholics in such a position, Mass is celebrated on a rock, or under a tree. God, doubtless, looks upon these souls as he would the widow in the parable of the widow’s mite. Yet, would you say that a church built along the lines of this picture gives the same witness to God’s glory when it is built by a much wealthier congregation? I wouldn’t! We give to God from our best stores, and build for Him accordingly. The Jews spared no expense building the Temple, neither should we when it is within our means to give Him the best.
And you have hit on something that many Christians miss. All the beautiful buildings that are churches the world over didn't save anyone, but a rather horrid and ugly execution did.
I love church architecture, but the first were in homes and tombs. And all the cathedrals, parish churches, and icons will be burned up in the Last Day. So while they do have a purpose, in the end it is Jesus and His death which saves us.
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Yes, but let us not forget that Christ had expensive oil “wasted” on him.
Beauty can inspire us - I think Heaven, and God’s face, will be almost too much to bear.