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  • Mel Gibson confirms 'Passion of the Christ' sequel

    09/02/2016 7:52:31 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 76 replies
    Mel Gibson confirmed he's working on a sequel to his 2004 film "Passion of the Christ." "And you know, it's not the 'Passion 2.' It's called 'The Resurrection,'" Gibson told evangelist Greg Laurie at SoCal Harvest, according to Gibson explained that the sequel will focus on Jesus' resurrection. "Of course, that's a very big subject and it needs to be looked at because we don't want to just do a simple rendering of it — you know, read what happened," the actor added. "Passion of the Christ" screenwriter Randall Wallace told The Hollywood Reporter that "there's a lot more...
  • Mel Gibson Planning ‘Passion of the Christ’ 2

    06/10/2016 10:24:52 AM PDT · by PROCON · 28 replies
    breitbart ^ | June 9, 2016 | DANIEL NUSSBAUM
    Mel Gibson is reportedly preparing a sequel to his 2004 film The Passion of the Christ. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Gibson is working with Oscar-nominated Braveheart screenwriter Randall Wallace to pen the sequel, which will tell the story of Jesus’s resurrection. “I always wanted to tell this story,” Wallace told THR. “The Passion is the beginning and there’s a lot more story to tell.” Gibson and Wallace most recently worked together on the upcoming World War II drama Hacksaw Ridge, which the former directed and the latter co-wrote. The pair reportedly began working on the Passion sequel in...
  • The Aramaic Language is Being Resurrected in Israel

    10/01/2011 3:31:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 9/24/11 | Marco Tosatti
    Two television channels have been involved in initiatives to bring to life, once again, the language that Jesus and his contemporaries spoke. Today, it is spoken by 400 thousand people throughout the worldTwo Israeli television channels are trying to see to it that Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus and his contemporaries in that region of the Roman Empire, will once again become a living language and not just be an almost extinct curiosity for scholars of Semitic languages to study. “Suroyo TV” and “Suryoyo TV” offer an endless supply of material for online discussion by fans so they can...
  • The Devil In The Garden of Gethsemane

    09/21/2011 12:04:01 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 32 replies
    Mind of Niuhuru | September 21 2011 | Niuhuru
    I have been watching "The Passion of the Christ" for the millionth time and I would like to know more about the role of Lucifer in tempting Christ to forsake his destiny. I would like to know where in the Bible Lucifer, specifically, is written to have come to Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane and tried to steer Him away from His destiny.
  • At Orlando church, 'Passion' star Jim Caviezel talks about Mel Gibson's troubles -- and his own

    04/30/2011 7:18:03 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 66 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | 4/30/11 | Roger Moore
    Actor Jim Caviezel, his voice sometimes cracking with emotion, spoke of being "rejected in my own industry," the problems of his friend Mel Gibson and his son's cancer in an appearance Saturday night at First Baptist Church of Orlando. The star of "The Passion of the Christ," whom First Baptist pastor David Uth described as "more passionate about God" than anyone he's ever met, was in town to give witness to his faith, to urge others to share it and to sell a new all-star audio production of the Bible that he has produced. During a 20-minute talk, Caviezel spoke...
  • Is this the face of Jesus Christ?Figure of crucified man on Shroud comes to life

    03/25/2010 12:58:38 PM PDT · by TaraP · 363 replies · 7,417+ views
    WND ^ | March 24th, 2010
    The world will have an extraordinary opportunity to look upon an undistorted, never-before-seen, moving 3-D portrait of a man who many think is the crucified Jesus Christ. In just one week, graphic experts will bring to life an imprint on the holy relic known as the Shroud of Turin, believed by millions to be the burial shroud of Christ. The Shroud of Turin bears the full-body, back-and-front image of a crucified man that is said to closely resemble the New Testament description of the passion and death of Christ. The 14-foot cloth long has posed mysteries because of its age...
  • Lethal Logic: Gabler Claims Gibson's Rant Proves 'Passion' Anti-Semitic

    08/05/2006 7:13:19 PM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 28 replies · 1,066+ views
    Fox News Watch/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein August 5, 2006 - 21:57 Neal Gabler might not look like an athlete, but don't be surprised to see him lining up for the long jump at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. For on this evening's Fox News Watch, Neal took a leap of logic of Beamonesque proportions. According to Gabler, the fact that a drunken Gibson made anti-Semitic remarks retroactively proves that his 'Passion of the Christ' was anti-Semitic too. Here's how the liberal media critic put it: "The interest here is 'The Passion.' It made something like $400 million. It was accused of being anti-Semitic. The...
  • EW Ranks 'Passion Of The Christ' As Most Controversial Movie Ever

    06/10/2006 5:42:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies · 1,052+ views
    Local6 ^ | June 9, 2006
    NEW YORK -- Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" ranks as the most controversial film of all time, according to Entertainment Weekly. The magazine ranks the 25 films that have most shocked, disgusted and divided moviegoers, in its June 16 issue, on newsstands Monday. EW writes that Gibson's grisly depiction of Jesus' betrayal and crucifixion ignited "a culture-war firestorm unrivaled in Hollywood history." Despite -- or to some degree, because of -- the religious uproar, the 2004 film grossed over $370 million at the U.S box office. Coming in second is Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange." Kubrick's 1971 futuristic...
  • 'Passion' Ranked 'Most Controversial' Film

    06/09/2006 3:07:16 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 29 replies · 1,050+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 6/9/06 | AP
    Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" ranks as the most controversial film of all time, according to Entertainment Weekly. The magazine ranks the 25 films that have most shocked, disgusted and divided moviegoers, in its June 16 issue, on newsstands Monday. EW writes that Gibson's grisly depiction of Jesus' betrayal and crucifixion ignited "a culture-war firestorm unrivaled in Hollywood history." Despite - or to some degree, because of - the religious uproar, the 2004 film grossed over $370 million at the U.S. box office. Coming in second is Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange." Kubrick's 1971 futuristic film was famous...
  • THE TRASHING OF THE CHRIST - Contrasts In Media Treatment of The DaVinci Code and The Passion

    05/30/2006 8:26:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies · 1,323+ views
    Media Research Center ^ | May 23, 2006 | Tim Graham
    The news media play an important role in popular culture by providing publicity for the movie studios as films are readied for release. But some movies are more favored by the news media than others, some for their expected status as expensive but appealing blockbusters, and some for their social commentary (for example, the film Brokeback Mountain). The DaVinci Code was both: an expected blockbuster movie based on one of the most publicized works of fiction in the new century, drawing enormous national media interest with its vision of a vast, murderous church conspiracy. It should not be surprising that...
  • The Passion of the Splice: Gibson sues CleanFlicks

    11/18/2005 6:38:17 PM PST · by solitas · 27 replies · 824+ views ^ | 11/18/2005 | Kathy
    Christian vs Christian in pop culture smackdown: "Mel Gibson's film production company has filed a lawsuit against a Utah firm for editing his movie The Passion of the Christ. The suit targets Ray Lines and his company CleanFlicks, which edits the nudity, violence and foul language out of films. (...) "The lawsuit is not asking for compensation, KUTV reports, but rather seeks to shut down CleanFlicks for good."
  • $15M Bill to Protect Gibson, Pope

    08/22/2005 4:52:02 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 20 replies · 863+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 8/22/05 | NewsMax
    Sydney, Australia, will spend over $15 million protecting two of the world’s most famous Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI and Mel Gibson, when the city hosts World Youth Day in 2008. More than 350,000 young Catholics are expected to visit Sydney during the six-day event, which will be sponsored by the Vatican. A Gibson-directed recreation of the last days of Christ in the streets of Sydney was a major selling point in the city’s successful bid for the event, Australia’s Daily Telegraph reports. The recreation by Gibson – who directed "The Passion of the Christ” – could involve more than 100...
  • Gibson Asked to Stage Passion for Pope

    08/06/2005 11:39:14 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 37 replies · 881+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 8/6/05 | NewsMax
    Mel Gibson has been asked by Australia's Archbishop George Pell to recreate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in the streets of Sydney during Pope Benedict XVI's visit there in 2008 - should the city be selected to host World Youth Day. According to documents obtained by the Sydney Morning Herald, the crucifixion reenactment - similar to scenes from Gibson's hugely successful film "The Passion of the Christ" - would begin with the Last Supper staged at Sydney's landmark Opera House at sunset, and would end with the crucifixion of Christ at St. Mary's Cathedral. Gibson's participation would be an incentive...
  • Mel Gibson Blasts Oscars, Plans Fatima Movie

    03/07/2005 6:03:45 PM PST · by wagglebee · 94 replies · 5,318+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 3/7/05 | Carl Limbacher
    Mel Gibson says he cut scenes from his soon-to-be-re-released blockbuster film, "Passion of the Christ," to tone down the violence that earned it an R rating and kept some people from seeing it. Gibson said he received "truckloads of cards and letters” when the original film was released. "What came up again and again was that a lot of people were turned away because of the brutality in the film and were afraid to watch," he told Raymond Arroyo on EWTN’s "World Over Live" Friday night. "So I thought if I softened it up a bit, I could have a...
  • Gibson's new Passion gets 15 certificate (Softer Version Coming To UK Cinemas)

    02/28/2005 9:09:11 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 3 replies · 507+ views
    ITV.COM ^ | 2-28-05
    Gibson's new Passion gets 15 certificate 12.43PM, Mon Feb 28 2005 A new version of Mel Gibson's controversial Biblical epic The Passion of The Christ is to be released in UK cinemas this Easter. The new film, called The Passion - Recut is about six minutes shorter than the original and has been awarded a 15 certificate from the British Board of Film Classification. The Passion of The Christ, released in cinemas 12 months ago, was given an 18 certificate because of some of it violent scenes. But Gibson has now assembled the new slightly 'softer' version which he hopes...
  • Rush Limbaugh: Hollywood Simply Refuses to Learn

    01/25/2005 6:03:59 PM PST · by wagglebee · 76 replies · 3,044+ views ^ | 1/25/05 | Rush Limbaugh
    The Academy Award nominations came out today. Nothing. Well, three minor nominations for The Passion of the Christ, and, let's see, there was nothing for Fahrenheit 9/11. And that's because that idiot, Michael Moore, decided to keep the movie out of the documentary category and instead hold out for the best picture category. It's a cut and paste job. What is he thinking? I mean, I wouldn't even call that a documentary. It's a basement cut and paste job. To call that thing a movie is an absolute disgrace to people who take movie making seriously. So we're not surprised...
  • Petition for The Passion -- Go Mel, GO!!!!

    12/17/2004 4:39:51 PM PST · by ConservativeGadfly · 9 replies · 366+ views
    Passion for Fairness ^ | December 17, 2004 | Patrick Hynes
    Passion Petition Gathers 10,000 Signatures In 10 Days The advocacy website has generated a tremendous response with their petition to ask the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to nominate the film The Passion of The Christ, its director and its actors for Oscars in their respective categories. i-Newswire, 2004-12-17 - The advocacy website has generated a tremendous response with their petition to ask the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to nominate the film The Passion of The Christ, its director and its actors for Oscars in their respective categories. In just 10 days, the...
  • Vote for "The Passion of the Christ" for People's Choice Award!!!

    12/01/2004 8:20:16 AM PST · by ConservativeGadfly · 18 replies · 957+ views
    People's Choice Awards ^ | December 1, 2004 | Unknown
    I have been notified by The People's Choice Awards that "THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST" has made the Top 5 List for their annual Awards show. Voting is happening now on line at and will be open until December 13th. From the Top 5, they narrow down the list to the Top 3. The show airs in January.
  • Attacks on 'Passion,' Faith Failed

    11/13/2004 12:53:00 PM PST · by wagglebee · 19 replies · 1,594+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 11/12/04 | Rabbi Morton H. Pomerantz
    Some time has passed since Mel Gibson's film, The Passion of the Christ, was shown in local movie theaters. Although some voices of sanity, such as Rabbi Lapin, who heads Torah Tradition, cautioned that it was dangerous to find anti-Semitism in the film, secular Jewish expert after secular Jewish expert warned of dire consequences. The film, according to these experts, was certain to inflame anti-Jewish feelings and gross Jew-hatred. The film was simply a step backward in relations between Christians and Jews. Noteworthy by their absence are the mobs of angry Christians attacking Jewish people on the streets and burning...
  • Did Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ had any impact on the voters?

    11/09/2004 8:28:39 PM PST · by crushelits · 31 replies · 854+ views
    crushelits | Nov. 9, 2004 | crushelits
    Did Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ had any impact on the voters? The religious right could well decide the coming election THIS November's election is about many things. It is about the future of the West, the war on Islamic terrorism, the beggar-thy-grandchildren deficit, you name it. But for the professionals who run the campaigns it is about something much bigger than any of this: refighting the last presidential election.The Democrats are hell-bent on exacting revenge for being cheated of victory in 2000. For their part, the Republicans are determined to prove that they were robbed of a...
  • Documentary tracks Mel Gibson's 'Passion' miracles

    11/07/2004 5:39:42 PM PST · by wagglebee · 5 replies · 347+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 11/5/04 | WorldNetDaily
    Not only has Mel Gibson's film "The Passion of the Christ" powerfully affected the faith of millions of viewers, but according to a new documentary by an Emmy-award-winning news veteran, it has also been instrumental in bringing about real miracles. "Changed Lives: Miracles of The Passion" is a 1-hour program that captures, in their own words, people's inspiring and documented accounts of relationships restored, diseases healed, the dead resurrected, atheists coming to faith and even a confession to murder. "It is truly unprecedented the way God has used 'The Passion' to bring healing, reconciliation and peace to people across the...
  • The Oscars: Giving Best-Picture Nod to 'The Passion of the Christ is Almost...

    10/21/2004 10:24:12 PM PDT · by crushelits · 47 replies · 1,540+ views ^ | Oct. 17, 2004 | NewsWeek
    Unthinkable, say Industry Insiders There's a Lot of Animosity Toward This Film That Is Very Real,' says One Oscar-Campaign Vet; but Snub Could Lead to Boycott of Awards Most Believe 'Fahrenheit' Nomination Tied to the Election NEW YORK, Oct. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Despite shattering box-office records and dominating headlines for months, "The Passion of the Christ" and "Fahrenheit 9/11" face real obstacles in the race for an Oscar nomination for best picture. As Senior Writer Sean Smith reports in the current issue of Newsweek, many of the high-placed studio executives, producers, Oscar strategists, publicists and Academy members interviewed think that...
  • Oscars to Snub Mel Gibson's 'Passion'

    10/17/2004 7:15:21 PM PDT · by Paul Atreides · 124 replies · 3,441+ views ^ | 10-17-04 | Carl Limbacher
    Despite shattering box-office records and dominating headlines for months, "The Passion of the Christ" and "Fahrenheit 9/11" face real obstacles in the race for an Oscar nomination for best picture. As Senior Writer Sean Smith reports in the current issue of Newsweek, many of the high-placed studio executives, producers, Oscar strategists, publicists and Academy members interviewed think that "Fahrenheit's" chances depend on the results of the presidential election, and all say that a "Passion" best-picture nod is almost unthinkable. "A lot of older Academy voters, who are largely Jewish, refuse to even see this movie," says one Oscar-campaign vet. "There's...
  • History and the Gospels

    10/06/2004 7:25:54 AM PDT · by Convert from ECUSA · 3 replies · 245+ views
    The Seattle Catholic ^ | October 4, 2004 | J.D. Palmer
    History and the Gospels by J. D. Palmer Tintoretto, 'Christ before Pilate' (1566-67), Sala dell'Albergo, Scuola di San Rocco, Venice Tintoretto, 'Christ before Pilate' (1566-67) Sala dell'Albergo, Scuola di San Rocco, Venice print article From the very moment the Prince of Peace was revealed, those who would reign supreme in the world stood athwart God's plan, and when they could not use force against the faithful they honed the use of words. Worldly wile became the weapon of choice and it proved the more successful tactic, as evidenced by the popularity of Monophysitism and Arianism. Proud men tried to divide...
  • 'I was like a machine,' killer says in Passion of Christ confession

    08/12/2004 5:49:58 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 12 replies · 754+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 8/12/04 | ERIC HANSON
    Jurors deciding the fate of Dan Leach II watched a chilling videotaped confession after he pleaded guilty to the carefully crafted murder of Ashley Wilson, which originally had been ruled a suicide. ADVERTISEMENT On the tape, Leach said his confession was motivated in part by seeing the movie The Passion of the Christ, and he also described in exacting detail how he carried out his plan. "I was like a machine with a program; I went in there and executed the program," Leach, 21, said to Fort Bend County sheriff's detectives. The tape was played as evidence in the punishment...
  • Gibson Sues Second Movie Chain

    07/18/2004 11:39:28 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 4 replies · 737+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 7/18/04 | Carl Limbacher
    Mel Gibson says Muvico Theatres owes his Icon Productions about $1 million in revenue from his film "The Passion of the Christ," and he's filed suit to collect the money. This is the second lawsuit filed by Gibson's Icon Productions. According to BBC News, Icon sued the Regal Entertainment Group last month for at least $40 million in a similar dispute. The money Gibson claims is due because he claims Muvico failed to live up to an agreement to pay Icon 55 percent of box office receipts. The Passion of the Christ ranks seventh on the all-time U.S. box office...

    05/17/2004 7:35:48 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 5 replies · 224+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 17, 2004 | Dick Johnson
    <p>IF you're looking for an animated alternative to Mel Gibson's gruesome gorefest "The Passion of the Christ" when the DVD comes out on Aug. 31, the folks behind "South Park" have just the thing.</p> <p>Comedy Central is releasing a special three-episode "South Park" DVD with a religious theme to coincide with Gibson's flick hitting stores. The DVD includes this season's already classic "The Passion of the Jew" as well as old favorites "Red Hot Catholic Love" and "Christian Hard Rock."</p>
  • Iran Gives Go Ahead To Show Gibson's 'Passion'

    04/29/2004 11:59:17 AM PDT · by Hal1950 · 12 replies · 123+ views
    TEHRAN (Reuters) - Authorities in Iran, where few U.S. films make it past the country's zealous censors, have given the go-ahead for cinemas to screen Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ," newspapers reported Thursday. Permission was granted to show the film uncut with Persian subtitles by the Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry after it was studied by a panel of experts, the newspapers said. The film has aroused heated debate, particularly among Jews who say it will stoke anti-Semitism by reinforcing the theory that the Jews pressured the Romans to crucify Christ. Analysts say Jewish anger at the...
  • The Times: Mel's cross to bear

    04/26/2004 9:15:12 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 51 replies · 154+ views
    Variety ^ | 04/25/2004 | Peter Bart
    Though dedicated to fairness, the New York Times has relentlessly lashed Mel Gibson (news) and his hit film and denigrated its defenders. The "correction" was buried under the news summary of the April 16 New York Times, and it was somewhat arcane, even by Times standards. Contrary to an earlier report, the correction said, Mel Gibson did not "deploy" TV talkshow hosts like Bill O'Reilly to urge audiences to see "The Passion of the Christ." Gibson discussed his movie with them, but did not "deploy" them. The distinction between discussing and deploying may seem pained, but the Times has found...
  • Morford: How To Gag On 'The Passion' (Gibson's brutal snuff film makes a mockery of true belief)

    04/16/2004 1:53:19 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 134 replies · 622+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Friday, April 16, 2004 | Mark Morford (they finally found the other gerbil)
    Perhaps you, like so many across the planet, are more than a bit baffled by the runaway success of "The Passion of the Christ." Perhaps you, furthermore, are more than slightly disturbed that millions have flocked to this bizarre ultraviolent blood-drenched revisionist flick and that so many actually believe its story to be absolutely true, and that it just surpassed "The Return of the King" in total box office and is the No. 8 most successful film of all time and it was No. 1 again across BushCo's flyover states during Easter weekend and has sold 650,000 books and 125,000...
  • "The Passion" of Howard Roark

    04/12/2004 1:07:39 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 111 replies · 411+ views
    Capitalism Magazine ^ | April 10, 2004 | Joseph Kellard
    "The Passion of the Christ," a movie that highlights Jesus' suffering and crucifixion, has met with both strong praise and heated criticism. Yet virtually no one has condemned this movie for championing the anti-life ideas fundamental to religion. By contrasting the ethical codes of two moral ideals -- Jesus of the Bible and "The Passion," symbolized by the Crucifix, and architect Howard Roark of "The Fountainhead," a novel by philosopher Ayn Rand, symbolized by his stance atop his skyscraper -- we can understand why this condemnation is needed. Christianity preaches that the ideal moral man sacrificed his life for a...
  • Shroud of Turin experts say Gibson film sparks new interest in cloth

    04/07/2004 10:21:15 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 12 replies · 205+ views
    CNS ^ | 4/4/4
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CNS) -- The wide publicity and controversy surrounding Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" have brought a spike of new interest in the Shroud of Turin, which many believe was Jesus' burial cloth. John P. and Rebecca S. Jackson, who run the Turin Shroud Center of Colorado in Colorado Springs, and Barrie Schwortz, who runs the interactive Web site, reported a significant increase in calls or visits since the movie came out. "This is normally a busy time of the year for us, but there's been about a 40 percent increase" in phone calls, said...
  • Jesus, Socrates and Secularism

    04/06/2004 3:44:00 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 52 replies · 534+ views
    ABC News ^ | April 4 | John Allen Paulos
    By now, more than a month since its release, Mel Gibson's Passion of the Christ has elicited countless reactions from Catholics, Jews and fundamentalist Christians. Millions of viewers have so far contributed to the movie's nearly $300 million in gross earnings. Film critics and cultural commentators have weighed in on it in large numbers. Scientifically flavored responses, however, have been relatively sparse. Here's mine. Even about modern day mega-stories we're often clueless. Forty years ago in the full glare of the modern media, John F. Kennedy was assassinated, and we have only a hazy idea of the motivation of the...
  • Jewish Group Calls Gibson 'Tortured Soul'

    04/01/2004 10:47:56 AM PST · by presidio9 · 39 replies · 144+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 1st, 2004
    Calling Mel Gibson "a tortured soul," France's main Jewish group accused his film about Jesus' final hours of having anti-Semitic overtones. An umbrella group for Jewish organizations, the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions of France (CRIF), said Thursday that "The Passion of the Christ" was a backward portrayal of Christian teachings. The movie debuted Wednesday in France. "The film's violence is extreme and sick," the group said in a statement. "Unfortunately, (CRIF) finds elements of anti-Semitism in the film, which was clearly conceived by a tortured soul." Some Jewish and Christian leaders have expressed concern that the movie could revive...
  • Passionate about The Passion [excellent homily on The Passion]

    03/24/2004 9:10:02 AM PST · by Eala · 4 replies · 189+ views
    "Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, And was made man: And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried: And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures: And ascended into heaven." In these few words we find the essence of the salvation doctrine of Catholic Christianity. From these words Mel Gibson was inspired to make his movie The Passion of the Christ. Archbishop Morse has asked me to reflect upon the popular appeal of...
  • First Passion viewers emerge stunned

    03/26/2004 6:03:55 PM PST · by tomball · 64 replies · 551+ views
    The Telegraph News UK ^ | 03/27/2004 | Jonathan Petre
    Some given free tickets walk out before the end, reports Jonathan PetreThey emerged from the cinema whey-faced, red-eyed and numb: whatever their expectations had been, the first members of the public to see Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ were in various degrees of shock.Some could not stand the two hours of scourging, blood and crucifixion, and eight of the 180-strong audience at yesterday's afternoon screening at the Odeon in Maidstone, Kent, walked out angrily long before the end.One woman had to be comforted with cups of tea after she had been escorted out on the brink of...
  • Gibson's passion film 'too Catholic'

    03/19/2004 9:59:58 AM PST · by presidio9 · 1,388 replies · 854+ views
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 19 March 2004 | Alf McCreary
    THE controversial Mel Gibson film 'The Passion of the Christ' has been dismissed by the Evangelical Protestant Society as a 'Catholic' interpretation of events which "does not present the Gospel". Wallace Thompson, secretary of the Evangelical Protestant Society, said the film displayed "an un-Biblical fixation on Mary, the mother of Jesus. None of this should surprise us, for both Mel Gibson and Jim Caviezel, who plays the part of Christ, are enthusiastic devotees of the traditional teachings of the Church of Rome." He further claims that Mel Gibson "belongs to an ultra-conservative Catholic group which does not recognise the reforms...

    03/16/2004 9:19:23 AM PST · by franky · 84 replies · 85+ views
    -- ^ | March 15, 2004 | Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz on 3 Key Moments
    Three Moments of "The Passion of the Christ" By Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, OP Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist Viewing "The Passion of the Christ" affects each person in an individual manner. Whether one agrees or disagrees with the film's portrayal of the last 12 hours of Christ's life on earth, the majority of this depiction of these most sacred hours is rooted in the various Evangelists' accounts found in Scripture. As a woman religious, I viewed "The Passion" through the eyes of my own feminine nature and the spousal vigilance proper to one whose freely made...
  • Peggy Noonan: A Great Moment In the Life of an Artist (James Caviezel on his meeting with the Pope)

    03/18/2004 8:42:10 AM PST · by presidio9 · 25 replies · 175+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Thursday, March 18, 2004 | PEGGY NOONAN
    <p>The actor James Caviezel, who plays Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ," met with Pope John Paul II on Monday at the Vatican. Afterward Mr. Caviezel talked with me briefly by phone from Rome. I asked him what it was like, and transcribed what he said.</p>
  • The "Passion" According to Isaiah

    03/16/2004 5:02:53 PM PST · by missyme · 147 replies · 1,842+ views
    CBS News ^ | March 1st.2004 | Efraim Goldstein
    "One Jewish scholar, Claude Montefiore, explained: 'Because of the christological interpretation given to the chapter [Isaiah 53] by Christians it is omitted from the series of prophetical lessons for the Deuteronomy Sabbaths … the omission is deliberate and striking.' Why is the omission so striking? We've left out a portion from our own prophets, ostensibly because of what Christians think about it." Isaiah 53 is a well-known passage of Scripture to the avid student of the Bible. But most people are not avid Bible students and have not read this controversial passage. A recent informal survey illustrates this point.(1) One...
  • Germany Warns 'Passion' May Fan Anti-Semitism

    03/17/2004 9:40:25 AM PST · by presidio9 · 30 replies · 128+ views
    Reuters ^ | Wed, Mar 17, 2004 | Erik Kirschbaum
    German Jewish leaders and church officials are warning that Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" may foment anti-Semitism in the country where the Holocaust was planned when the film opens on Thursday. Rushed into 400 cinemas in the world's second biggest film market by revenues three weeks ahead of schedule in response to public demand, the biblical epic portraying Christ's final 12 hours has also been attacked by German film critics as anti-Semitic kitsch. "The anti-Semites will only have their views on Jews confirmed," said Salomon Korn, vice president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, who also...
  • What are Catholics Saying about "The Passion of the Christ"?

    03/15/2004 8:41:44 PM PST · by Unam Sanctam · 40 replies · 347+ views
    Pope John Paul II: "It is as it was." —National Catholic Reporter Online, December 17, 2003 Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, Prefect of the Congregation for Clergy: "As I watched this yet unfinished version of the film, I experienced moments of profound spiritual intimacy with Jesus Christ. It is a film that leads the viewer into prayer and reflection, into heartfelt contemplation. In fact, as I told Mr. Gibson after the screening, I would gladly trade some of the homilies that I have given about the passion of Christ for even a few of the scenes of his film. ... "This...
  • Good Passions and Bad

    03/12/2004 2:02:26 AM PST · by kattracks · 3 replies · 92+ views ^ | 3/12/04 | John Bryant
    I have seldom talked to so many seemingly leveled-headed people, who are so angered by, and in some cases offended by, a movie -- that they have not yet even seen. Some have convinced themselves it is evidence of Jews culpability in the death of Jesus Christ; and in turn the there is reasonable concern by my Jewish brothers and sisters about the feared blow-back effect of the movie; anti-Semitism.I submit this movie is no more about the Jewish community then Sadam Hussein is about the Iraqi people, Mussolini is about the Italian people, or Hitler is about the German people. Simply put, these leaders and...
  • What Did You Know, and When Did You Know It?

    03/15/2004 12:35:51 AM PST · by DoughtyOne · 8 replies · 233+ views
    My own thoughts... | 03/15/2004 | Ronald N Doughty
    I suppose we'd all like to think Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion of The Christ", has stuck it's thumb in the entertainment industry big-wig's eyes.  If it did or didn't, it doesn't really matter to me.  What does matter is, "What did they know, and when did they know it?"  And my friends, that is all that matters for any of us. Gibson was moved to make a movie about the last hours of the life of Jesus Christ.  Beyond that he was motivated to explain what the life and death of Jesus Christ meant to him, to Christianity and...
  • Mel Gibson Reveals His "Passion"

    03/13/2004 9:31:47 PM PST · by Cedar · 8 replies · 181+ views
    WBEN News ^ | Bob Stilson
    Mel Gibson Reveals his ''Passion''. By Cinema Bob Stilson Few films have stirred as much controversy as Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ”, the new film which tells the story of Jesus Christ’s last twelve hours on earth. Many Bible scholars were troubled by the fact that one of Hollywood’s biggest action stars was tackling a story such as this. Fears grew even larger when it was learned that the film was to show the torture and crucifixion in Jesus in a far more graphic manner than had ever been filmed before. Then, as the film neared completion, the...
  • Power and Faith in The Passion of the Christ

    03/12/2004 10:05:48 PM PST · by Cedar · 15 replies · 118+ views
    Ireland Online ^ | 3/12/2004
    The Passion of the Christ Director: Mel Gibson Cast: Jim Caviezel, Maia Morgenstern, Monica Bellucci Cert: 15. Whatever the many controversies surrounding Mel Gibson's depiction of the last days of Jesus, he has made a film of overwhelming power and passion, the likes of which have never before been attempted on screen. It is a violent, bloody and gory film, yet it is a film clearly made with such care that it should be seen by everyone (indeed, in spite of the lurid stories of protest and complaint about its content and it's supposed anti-Semetic theme, it is already one...
  • Pope says Gibson film not anti-Semitic(If it were anti-Semitic,the Gospels would also be so.")

    03/13/2004 3:35:47 AM PST · by KQQL · 12 replies · 146+ views ^ | 03/13/04 | staff
    The pope has declared "there is nothing anti-Semitic" about Mel Gibson's blockbuster film "The Passion of the Christ." Amid continued criticism of its depiction of Jews, Vatican spokesman Joaquín Navarro-Valls called the film on the final hours of Jesus' life "a cinematographic transcription of the Gospels. If it were anti-Semitic, the Gospels would also be so." Navarro-Valls said Pope John Paul II would have criticized the film if it were bigoted against Jews. The spokesman made his comments in reply to Riccardo Di Segni, chief rabbi of Rome, who had asked the Vatican for a formal condemnation of the movie,...

    PLEASE READ, AND IF YOU AGREE, PLEASE SIGN THE PETITION An Open Letter and Respectful Petition Dear Mr. Gibson, We, the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal, together with the undersigned, wish to publicly express our gratitude to you and all those who participated in your recent production, "The Passion of the Christ". We who have viewed this film agree that it is not simply another movie about Our Lord, but an extraordinary work of sacred art. Your creative efforts have offered us new spiritual insights and have led us into...
  • Ann Coulter: W.W.J.K.: WHO WOULD JESUS KILL?

    03/10/2004 4:10:11 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 141 replies · 2,521+ views
    Coulter via Yahoo ^ | 3-10-04 | Ann Coulter
    William Safire, The New York Times' in-house "conservative" -- who endorsed Bill Clinton (news - web sites) in 1992, like so many conservatives -- was sure Mel Gibson's movie "The Passion of the Christ" would incite anti-Semitic violence. Thus far, the pogroms have failed to materialize. With all the subtlety of a Mack truck, Safire called Gibson's movie a version of "the medieval 'passion play,' preserved in pre-Hitler Germany at Oberammergau, a source of the hatred of all Jews as 'Christ killers.'" (Certainly every Aryan Nation skinhead murderer I've ever met was also a devoted theater buff and "passion play"...
  • Protesting Gibson's Passion Lacks Moral Legitimacy

    03/10/2004 6:49:01 AM PST · by philosofy123 · 3 replies · 115+ views | 3/10/04 | Rabbi Daniel Lapin
    Rabbi Lapin, president of Toward Tradition, wrote this on September 22, 2003. See also his later article on this subject. Never has a film aroused such hostile passion so long prior to its release as has Mel Gibson's Passion. Many American Jews are alarmed by reports of what they view as potentially anti-Semitic content in this movie about the death of Jesus, which is due to be released during 2004. Clearly the crucifixion of Jesus is a sensitive topic, but prominent Christians who previewed it, including good friends like James Dobson and Michael Novak who have always demonstrated acute sensitivity...