I'm sure (!) crosstalkers are keeping up on the Gibson thing. This report
just out: And now, Mel Gibson responds to the reported pontifical denial of
comment: (Newsmax.com)----- Mel Gibson Rebuts Vatican Denial--- Mel Gibson's
spokesman issued a statement late Monday saying there is no reason to
believe the Vatican's denial that the Pope commented favorably about the
controversial film "The Passion of the Christ." Associates of Gibson quoted
the pope as commenting, after viewing the film, "It is as it was." Since
then, questions have swirled about the papal statement, and the pope's
remarks angered critics of the film, who claim it will arouse anti-Semitism.
The film is set for release on Feb. 25, Ash Wednesday. On Monday, the
Catholic News Service, an arm of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops,
reported that the pope "never" made such a statement. In a statement issued
late Monday, Gibson's spokesman Alan Nierob stated: "Based on all previous
correspondence and conversations held directly between representatives of
the film and the official spokesperson for the Pope, Dr. Joaquin
Navarro-Valls, there is no reason to believe that the Pope's support of the
film 'isn't as it was'."
Dr Jim West
Pastor, Petros Baptist Church
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