February 5, 2004
vol 15, no. 36

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      In anticipation of one of the greatest films impact-wise to ever open, we are counting down to Opening Day on Ash Wednesday when in theaters everywhere people will be moved by the Traditional inspiration of Mel Gibson who many see as a Hollywood movie star, but True Catholics see him as an evangelist in the purist sense. A true Apostle for the Truths and Traditions of the Church Christ founded. Mel has set on celluloid what has always been set in stone: the everlasting reminder of why Christ died for each and every one of us. We have that reminder daily in the Latin Mass when the alter Christus - the priest offers Him up as a propitiatory sacrifice in an unbloody manner to the Father for us. Prayerfully this movie will move the hearts and souls of millions to return to the Truths and Traditions of Christ's True Church. For advance tickets, see The Passion Tickets

    Posted: Feb 5

    Zionist Media and Moguls still trying to Manipulate Mel

      Editor's Note: You'll note the definitiveness of the headline below, and yet there is no definitive confirmation that Gibson is going to eliminate any part of the Gospel. It comes from that anonymous "close associate who spoke on condition of anonymity." Ah, yes, verify untruths with more untruths. In the article below, you'll notice the author's ignorance of the meaning of the Gospel. It is obvious. We just wanted to provide this propaganda below so you can see how the media is manipulating and giving the impression of anti-Semitism. It's all a smokescreen to attack and stop Mel. They have no right to make demands of the Gospel Truth!

    Gibson to Delete a Scene in 'Passion'


    LOS ANGELES, Feb. 3 Mel Gibson, responding to focus groups as much as to protests by Jewish critics, has decided to delete a controversial scene about Jews from his film, "The Passion of the Christ," a close associate said today.

    A scene in the film, in which the Jewish high priest Caiaphas calls down a kind of curse on the Jewish people by declaring of the Crucifixion, "His blood be on us and on our children," will not be in the movie's final version, said the Gibson associate, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    The passage had been included in some versions of the film that were shown before select groups, mostly of priests and ministers.

    "It didn't work in the focus screenings," the associate said. "Maybe it was thought to be too hurtful, or taken not in the way it was intended. It has been used terribly over the years."

    Jewish leaders had warned that the passage from Matthew 27:25 was the historic source for many of the charges of deicide and Jews' collective guilt in the death of Jesus.

    Mr. Gibson's decision to remove the scene could indicate that he was being responsive to concerns of Jewish groups that the film will fuel anti-Semitism. Mr. Gibson was the co-writer, director, producer and financier of the $25 million film, which will be released in more than 2,000 theaters on Feb. 25, Ash Wednesday.

    Mr. Gibson also responded to a letter from Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, who had requested a meeting and asked Mr. Gibson to consider a postscript that would "implore your viewers to not let the movie turn some toward a passion of hatred."

    Mr. Gibson did not respond to those requests directly, writing only: "I hope and I pray that you will join me in setting an example for all of our brethren; that the truest path to follow, the only path, is that of respect and, most importantly, that of love for each other despite our differences."

    Mr. Foxman responded in turn on Monday that "your words do not mitigate our concerns about the potential consequences of your film to fuel and legitimize anti-Semitism."

    This reporter was shown a two-hour version of the R-rated movie this week. The film features agonizing passages as Jesus, played by Jim Caviezel, is mercilessly beaten by Jewish and then Roman guards, and jeered and hounded by a Jewish mob on his way to his Crucifixion. It is unclear how close this version is to Mr. Gibson's final film.

    In this version, the Roman leader Pontius Pilate is depicted as being reluctant to harm Jesus, who Pilate's wife warns is holy. Largely to mollify a restive Jewish mob outside his window, Pilate agrees to a severe lashing and scourging of Jesus, but the crowd and the high priest demand more.

    Pilate says in Latin: "Ecce homo" "Behold the man" displaying the broken and bleeding Jesus to the crowd. But the high priest insists, in Aramaic, "Crucify him." Pilate responds, "Isn't this enough?" The mob roars, "No," and only then does the Roman leader agree to the Crucifixion.

    Because passion plays historically preceded outbreaks of anti-Semitic violence in Europe, the film passage is a particularly sensitive matter with Jewish groups at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise in parts of Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

    But Mr. Gibson further raised hackles among Jewish leaders in an exclusive interview by the writer Peggy Noonan published in the March issue of Reader's Digest.

    Rabbi Marvin Hier, director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, accused Mr. Gibson of insensitivity when he compared Jewish suffering in the Holocaust to that of millions of others who died in the war.

    Ms. Noonan, a former speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan, asked Mr. Gibson about his father, a conservative Catholic who was quoted in a New York Times Magazine article last March as denying that Holocaust took place. Mr. Gibson answered that he loved his father. Ms. Noonan insisted: "You're going to have to go on record. The Holocaust happened, right?"

    Mr. Gibson responded: "I have friends and parents of friends who have numbers on their arms. The guy who taught me Spanish was a Holocaust survivor. He worked in a concentration camp in France. Yes of course. Atrocities happened. War is horrible. The Second World War killed tens of millions of people. Some of them were Jews in concentration camps. Many people lost their lives. In the Ukraine several million starved to death between 1932 and 1933. During the last century 20 million people died in the Soviet Union."

    In a letter to Mr. Gibson, Rabbi Hier wrote: "We are not engaging in competitive martyrdom, but in historical truth. To describe Jewish suffering during the Holocaust as `some of them were Jews in concentration camps' is an afterthought that feeds right into the hands of Holocaust deniers and revisionists."

    Mr. Gibson's spokesman, Alan Nierob, denied that the director was looking to further inflame those leaders.

    "There's no doubt in my mind that not only does he know the Holocaust and acknowledge it, he has shed tears over it, with me," he said.

    Rabbi Hier responded that Mr. Gibson missed a chance to reduce the tension with Jewish groups. "I think he was lobbed an easy question. He could've used the occasion to take us on a different road, instead he marginalized the Holocaust, he diluted its significance, and it's a lie," he said. "Either he is very ignorant of sensitivities in Jewish communities of riling survivors, those who have lost loved ones, or he is doing it deliberately."

    Mr. Foxman also protested Mr. Gibson's remark on the Holocaust. "At the very least it was ignorant, at the very most its insensitive. And you know what? He doesn't get that either. He doesn't begin to understand the difference between dying in a famine and people being cremated solely for what they are."

    Posted: Feb 4

    Mel Gibson Waves Olive Branch to ADL

      Embroiled in a swirling controversy over his new movie, "The Passion of The Christ," Mel Gibson has asked his main critic for a truce.

    See Gary Morella's no-nonsense thoroughly Catholic commentary on this below

    In a letter sent Friday to the Anti-Defamation League, Mel Gibson asked Abraham Foxman to join him in "setting an example for all of our brethren; that the truest path to follow, the only path, is that of respect and, most importantly, that of love for each other despite our differences," according to the Los Angeles Times, which obtained a copy of the letter.

    As the Times reports, the letter comes on the heels of a screening of the film in Orlando, Fla., which Foxman and a colleague infiltrated. Foxman later issued a press release charging that the film is unflattering to Jews and asked Gibson to make changes in the still-unreleased movie, which is due to premiere on Feb. 25, Ash Wednesday.

    According to the Times, Gibson told Foxman, "It is my sincerest of regrets that events conspired for us to just miss each other when we both recently happened to be in Orlando," at the time of the screening Foxman surreptitiously attended, and added that "I do not take your concerns lightly."

    The Times was unable to reach Foxman for his comments about the letter but noted that earlier Foxman had said he hoped Gibson would tell people about the film: "I did this film because I believe I was inspired by the Holy Ghost. I believe that Jesus suffered for all mankind. Some people want to put the blame for his death on the Jews. I Don't do that."

    Gibson has repeatedly said that the film blames all of humanity for Christ's passion and death. He has also denied that the film is anti-Semitic.

    Foes Plan to 'Mute' Film

    Opponents of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of The Christ," along with their allies and those afraid to offend them (many of whom have never even seen the movie), are already planning to counter it.

    Foes "are planning lecture series, interfaith talks and other programs to try to mute the film's impact," the Associated Press reported Monday.


    "Do I think there will be pogroms as a result of this movie? No," said Rabbi David Elcott, American Jewish Committee's interfaith director.

    "It's part of something larger, which is a hardening of religious conversation. It is such an absolutist movie. It undermines the progress that we've made in this country toward mutual respect and religious pluralism," he said.

    As of now, opponents reportedly do not plan boycotts or protests outside theaters.

    "Artists have every right to create any kind of movie they want, but an audience has the absolute right to pass judgment on that," said Rabbi James Rudin, an adviser for the committee.

    American Jewish Committee is sending a 40-page "resource guide" to chapters nationwide on how to explain concerns about the movie. Rudin is urging Christian colleagues not to use the movie as an educational tool.

    Leaders of Reform Judaism want members to "sit down with churches in your community" to "discuss" the film, said Mark Pelavin, director of Commission on Interreligious Affairs of Reform Judaism.

    Boston College's Center for Christian-Jewish Learning has posted a study guide explaining Gospel accounts of the crucifixion and how Christian churches rejected accusations of deicide against Jews. The center plans a series of talks on the subject.

    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops plans to reissue its criteria for dramatizing the crucifixion along with statements on Catholic-Jewish relations.

    'Part Myth'

    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is urging pastors to "teach boldly" that it does not "demean, malign or harm the Jewish people" when preaching the Gospel. The church's communications director, the Rev. Eric Shafer, saw the movie and said that it was not anti-Jewish but was "part Gospel story and part myth" and that viewers could assume it was based entirely on the Bible.

    AP noted: "The campaign is being undertaken in the face of a massive evangelistic effort by many American churches in conjunction with the movie's release. Several prominent conservative Christians, including the Rev. Billy Graham, said the film was among the most powerful depictions they'd seen of Christ's last hours."

    Of course, no such campaign is going on to "mute" Hollywood's recent string of dreadful and offensive movies.

      Commentary by Gary Morella:

         Mel Gibson is putting out an olive branch to those who will take it and stab him in the back with it. He is a courageous man who should be commended for doing what he did in giving us the most accurate rendition of the Passion ever put on film, as by all accounts worth considering, i.e., those who would not water down the message of the Gospels, he was as true to the New Testament as anyone could possibly be. And many of those doing the stabbing will be pseudo-Catholics who could care less about the Gospel's message of the supernatural in favor of natural peace and justice social concerns where ecumania reigns supreme for a "lets get along in an earthly utopia" purposes instead of going to Heaven instead of hell, the latter being the only reason for the Church's existence founded by Christ upon the Rock that is Peter. Don't these ecumaniacs realize that there never will be any such "utopia" on earth because the devil never sleeps? Of course, none of them believe in the devil anymore, which means that they don't believe in Christ Who talked more about the consequences of believing in the devil than any other New Testament figure.

         The pseudo-Catholics that I am referring to are the disciples of Raymond E. Brown, buying into his historical criticism tripe that the Gospels are only inerrant when they speak of salvation, the rest being nothing more than the quirks of the writers reflecting the prejudices of the age, which is complete and total GARBAGE, and debunked by a careful reading of the Scriptures themselves, as pointed out by outstanding Catholic apologists such as Bob Sungenis in his current series in Catholic Family News entitled "Father Brown and the Demise of Catholic Scripture Scholarship - Part I", and Msgr. George Anthony Kelly in his book, The New Biblical Theorists.

         Sadly, these "Jesus Seminar" types such as former priest John Dominic Crossan, with the accent on "former", which speaks volumes, who was allowed to be a member of the faculty at a pseudo-Catholic University, which should also speak volumes as to the sorry state of so-called Catholic higher education these days because it is Crossan who tells us that Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, died a beggars death on the Cross and Whose Body was eaten by ravenous dogs in total denial of the Resurrection, are what passes off as Catholicism where the Gospels are reduced to being redactions of a "later faith community" who invented the Resurrection. Without the Resurrection of course, there IS NO CATHOLIC FAITH, the one, true faith. For these types Christ's miracles never occurred. They were spiritual hallucinations of the aforementioned faith community designed to create a God that never really existed, per the eyewitness Gospel depictions. Their revisionist history is the ONLY history, since they are the experts. Thus, who are their critics to include the eyewitness Gospel writers to question them? How dare these Biblical Neanderthals do such a thing!

         The devil is not happy with Mel Gibson. He never is with people willing to tell the Truth, a Someone, not a something. And the devil will do everything possible to keep this Truth from mankind because the devil wants company for eternity. So be ready for the hysterical lies following Mel Gibson's Passion like the plague. And look to the Tradition of the Church rooted in Sacred Scripture for the Truth. That is where you will find the Word of God, not a bastardized version of it. Look to Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, not the John Dominic Crossans of the world.

  • For articles from February 2 through February 4, see Previous Countdown articles V

  • For articles from Tuesday January 27 through February 1, see Previous Countdown articles IV

  • For articles from Sunday and Monday January 25-26, see Previous Coundown articles III

  • For articles from Thursday January 22 through Saturday January 24, see Previous Countdown articles II

  • For articles from Friday, January 16 through Wednesday January 21 see Previous Countdown articles I
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    February 5, 2004
    vol 15, no. 36