the vatican on mel
- Listers may want to take a look at this story from CNN today:
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) -- A top Vatican cardinal entered the fray over Mel
Gibson's controversial film "The Passion" on Thursday, praising it as "a
triumph of art" and rejecting fears it could spark a wave of anti-Semitism.
"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," said Cardinal
Dario Castrillon Hoyos, head of the Vatican department in charge of priests.
Dr Jim West
Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies
Quartz Hill School of Theology
Biblical Studies Resources
- J. West wrote:
> Listers may want to take a look at this story[ http://tinyurl.com/nura ]
> from CNN today:
At first I was puzzled by the politics of a cardinal's endorsement of this
project, since Gibson's movement is still peeved about Vatican II (which
"officially repudiated the concept of collective Jewish guilt for Christ's
death and began dialogue with Jews"), and has been reported during coverage
of "The Passion" as not recognizing the authority of the sitting pope.
The key is in the last line:
> The Vatican has been trying to woo theCardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos is President since 2000 of the Pontifical
> traditionalists back into the fold and last
> May Castrillon Hoyos said a Mass in Latin
> for the conservative faithful in a Rome basilica.
Commission *Ecclesia Dei*, "instituted by John Paul II... [in 1988]
...following the schismatic gesture of the illegal episcopal ordinations
carried out by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre..."
According to the Vatican's website, the commission is empowered to
"facilitate the full ecclesial communion" of those linked to Lefebvre's
schism [the Society of St. Pius X], and plays a role in "*satisfying* the
numerous groups of faithful linked to the Latin liturgical tradition..."
( http://tinyurl.com/nusi )
At the website of the Society of St. Pius X,...
( http://tinyurl.com/nv0e )
...one may find gripes about "false ecumenical actions," including that
"John Paul II is preaching a new religion, a humanism"; that he "recited
psalms with Jews while visiting the synagogue of Rome (April 13, 1986)"; and
that he "invited Catholics and Jews to prepare together for the coming of
the Messiah (June 24, 1986)."
This teeny research suggests that endorsing Gibson's movie won't be much of
a bridge toward reconciliation with the schismatics, and that it represents
the loss of a valuable opportunity to reaffirm Paul VI's *Nostra Aetate.*
["...the Church, mindful of the patrimony she shares with the Jews and moved
not by political reasons but by the Gospel's spiritual love, decries hatred,
persecutions, displays of anti-Semitism, directed against Jews at any time
and by anyone".]
Portland, Oregon, USA
PS--Thanks to Mark Goodacre for the link to Peter Boyer's article in the New
( http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/980753/posts )
It's the most well-rounded and nuanced I've read so far. My vote for
funniest (and scariest) line:
> Then Gibson expressed his feelings about***
> [NYT columnist Frank] Rich. "I want to
> kill him," he said. "I want his intestines on
> a stick.... I want to kill his dog."